treadle loom

The technique

It is done with a wood or metal machine to make a cloth. It is called pedal or colonial because it has threads placed at the base (warp) that must pass through frames loaded with smooth or wires with holes where each of those threads will pass and with a pedal mechanism, they are stepped on to lift certain frames. Now with the frames up, a cross is made with the threads and weft threads are allowed to pass with which the fabric is created.
The weft must be struck with the comb so that the thread goes down and the fabric is closed. This tool was introduced to Mexico with the arrival of the Spanish, which is why it also bears the name of the colonial loom.


In the collection you will find pieces made in the states of Chiapas, Oaxaca, Michoacán, Yucatán, Campeche, Puebla and the State of Mexico. The artisan groups of these regions dedicate their talent to the preservation of the technique

Thanks to the Allied Organizations that strengthen the artisan groups of pedal loom in Ensamble Artesano.