About 30 minutes north of Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, lies the tiny community of Chimayó. Chimayó was founded near the end of the 17th century by Spanish settlers in a fertile valley nourished by the Santa Cruz River and protected by the surrounding foothills. The settlers became experts in farming, stock raising and wool weaving.
Ironically, not many Americans have heard about or can recognize Chimayó weavings, but for those in the know, they are esteemed and sought-after cultural masterpieces. Sophisticated, fashion-savvy Japanese are some of the biggest customers of the centuries-old New Mexico wool-weaving tradition.
Ortega's weaving and trujillo's weaving are still the best manufcaturers of chimayo's blankets, bags or clothing…
|Nice detail of 30's Chimayo coat|
|Very nice 30's Chimayo jacket (great pigeon eye talon zippers detail)|
|Great 50's Chimayo purse in deadstock packaging|
|Josh from NY, wearing Chimayo jacket|