Adorn your table with our chic and durable hand woven sisal placemats. Woven on a back-strap loom using naturally dyed henequen (sisal) fibers, these placemats are versatile enough to use for every day dining or for more elaborate dinners with friends and family. Henequen was used by the Mayans for centuries to make everything from cloth to hammocks, sandal cords to baskets, and rope to twine. After Europeans landed here, henequen (and Mayan slaves) helped them make rapid fortunes. The Yucatán produced 90% of the rope and burlap bags used worldwide. By 1880, it was one of the wealthiest states in Mexico. The Great Depression followed by the commercial production of nylon in 1939, caused an immediate impact on the little that was left of the trade. Today due to a growing interest in natural fibers, a slow revival henequen production is slowly growing generating work for Mayan weavers and farmers throughout the Yucatan peninsula.
Price: $ 290.00 MXN
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