Cotton scarf, 'Texture Play in Black' (Mexico)

This elegant black scarf, trimmed with hand-knotted fringe, is woven by Juana Mendez. She works on the backstrap loom in the same way as generations of Maya women have done since pre-Hispanic times. The Mexican artisan alternates solid weaves with open spaces to create a subtle striped texture. A band of colorful diamonds is woven into each end of the 100% cotton scarf. The width allows it to double as a shawl.