Chilean chamanto inspired wall hanging
I am close to finishing this second piece in a series of red, black and white wall hangings I am making on my backstrap loom using techniques and/or designs of South America.
This one is inspired by a Chilean poncho called “chamanto” which is woven in the lowlands in just one town south of Santiago. It is part of the national costume of the Chilean cowboy, the huaso. The designs are said to have their roots in both Mapuche and Spanish cultures and so the Chileans think of it as a summary of the textile heritage in that part of their country. The designs comprise mostly flower, leaf and fruit motifs.