The production of Equipale Mexican furniture can be traced back to pre-Spanish times. It is considered a religious type of object, and it represents social status.
Uniquely, Mexican Equipales furniture is still manufactured in a traditional way. They are still made of’palo de la rosa’, the same as the original equipales. The wood is cut at the full moon because it is believed to be the hardest wood at that time. Equipales furniture is made of leather, wood and cactus derivatives “ixtle”.
Since Hueman, the family has produced Equipales, and the Aztec shamon imparted the “Equipalera” technique of the gods to the early settlers. Today, Equipales connects the mythical past with modern cultural icons.
Traditionally, the frame of the device is connected to the ixtle, which is a plant fiber taken from the maguey cactus. The seats are also tied together with this fiber. The process of preparation and spinning was learned from their ancestors: extraction with cazanga, washing, drying, barabilla and spinning. Reeds and leather are attached to the maguey Fiver. Pigskin is usually favored because it is porous and allows air to circulate.
Equipal furniture made of leather can be used for up to twenty years or more:
- The structure starts with a grid of cross-splints. These are tied to the top and bottom to bend wooden blocks. This basic form allows the chair to be both light and flexible, able to withstand arduous use. Wooden plywood is traditionally separated, but now it is cut with a band saw; reducing waste.The blank of the splint is made with a machete and a paring knife, and pointed slats with notches at both ends are used for lashing
- The base is a thin piece of (3/8″ x 3″) curved wood with an “O” or “D” shape
- The seat frame has the same shape, but is a curved willow tree.The splints cross each other and are tied to the top and bottom with twine
- These lashings are glued with black adhesive, which used to be vegetable glue, but in modern times it may be asphalt or even spray. The seats are divided into three levels. The first one is woven with randomly woven horse cover fibers and wrapped around the curved wood seat frame. On it lies a flattened rattan woven seat.On top of these, a piece of soaked leather is stretched and stitched or nailed to the edge of the curved wood seat
- The backrest is made by tying the willow poles to the seat frame and bending the willow pieces on the support to form a continuous arm and backrest.Another piece of leather stretches around this back and arms and stitched or stapled
- After drying, the leather will firmly cover the holes, in sharp contrast with the rougher wooden plywood below, giving it an attractive and comfortable appearance.In higher-priced chairs, the seat and backrest are equipped with foam, giving the chair a padded look and feel
- The real skill lies in assembling, tying and nailing the parts.
This most complex structure is made with only the simplest tools, a machete, a knife and a hammer. As Mexican designers and manufacturers are working hard to adapt to the various tastes of Equipale Mexican furniture, there are new versions.
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