Our Chiapas Pillow collection is made using woven wool textiles created by master artisans in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. Each textile has been handwoven on a backstrap loom by a mother and adult daughter team that have been weaving for multiple generations. They learned to weave from their elders and tell us that “weaving and family are the two things that keep [them] going” and “the reason [they] are alive.”
Our artisan partners are masters at weaving on a backstrap loom. This type of loom gets its name from the way it is attached to the weaver’s body. At one end, the artisan ties the bottom of the loom around her lower back using a wide leather belt. On the other end of the loom, the weaver attaches it to a fixed and sturdy object such as a tree.
Our partners create each textile panel from scratch: They gather the wool, clean and card it by hand, and use a handheld drop spindle to spin the yarns into delicate threads. They then weave the wool on the backstrap loom. Each textile panel takes 8 to 10 days to produce and yields just three pillows. The design features the textile’s subtle and natural blend of handspun, undyed ivory wool.
Our Chiapas Pillow is a perfect neutral and textural accent for a sofa, chair, or bed. Every purchase directly benefits our artisan partners in Chiapas, Mexico.
This pillow is 20”x20” and comes stuffed with a removable down/feather insert enclosed by a brass zipper. The back side of our pillow features 100% Belgian linen sourced from a sustainable mill and our signature Meridian tag.
Our Chiapas Pillow features an authentic, handmade textile from Mexico. Due to its entirely handmade creation process, no two pillows are exactly the same. Minor imperfections may be visible that speak to the handmade process and tell the story of its creator, adding to the character and patina of each piece.
All of our textiles are handcrafted using the finest natural materials. To prevent loosening the shape or weave of the vintage cloth, we recommend dry cleaning our pillow covers.