Along with the glorious Spring sunshine, these hand-woven beauties from the new Falseria collection by A Rum Fellow have been making my heart sing this week.

Eagle-eyed readers may recognise both the style of these intricately woven textiles and the name.  We previously featured the work of A Rum Fellow here and here, and we’re always excited to hear about their latest adventures.  Why?  Because just when you think their textiles can’t get any more gorgeous, they pull something even more extraordinary out of the bag.

So I asked A Rum Fellow co-founder Dylan O’Shea for the story behind their new Falseria collection, which features a fusion of contemporary design and colour palettes with traditional methods of production:

The word Falseria is a local Maya term for this type of weaving. The collection is woven on a type of treadle loom, a fully manual loom that was introduced to Central America around the 1500’s or so.
We work with a fourth-generation weaver called Don Marcello whose skill is extraordinary, he learnt from his mother and is definitely a ‘master weaver’.

The loom has up to 32 shafts allowing it to achieve very complex weaves. These shafts are selected by hand to make the pattern at each passing of the shuttle, and weavers sometimes have their own special hook to select the shafts which, in Marcellos case, is the hook of his late fathers walking stick.


Dylan adds: “We found Marcello’s work during a trip to Guatemala and were simply blown away by the beauty of his weaving. There’s a lovely tactile quality to the weave that we really appreciate”.
I don’t think it’ll be long before there are many more people appreciating these extraordinary textiles too. It can take between 1 to 3 days to weave just one metre of this beautiful fabric, and if you watch the short video below of Marcello in action you’ll see why.  Do take a look, it’s quite amazing:

Falseria Weaving – A Rum Fellow from A Rum Fellow on Vimeo.

You can see the rest of the Falseria collection and other beautiful textiles from A Rum Fellow on their website, and also learn more about their work with artisan weaving cooperatives that directly support the artisans, and help to preserve this incredible traditional weaving art in Guatemala.

Images: A Rum Fellow



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