Punto Pigro – Huarache InspirationPosted: May 14, 2011
I have finally discovered Mexican Huarache designs made outside of Mexico.
The Woven Leather Cancun Sandal from Punto Pigro an Italian company is one of them. Punto Pigro ‘Full Made in Italy’, states on their website that their entire production process is done in Italy.
Punto Pigro is a very interesting company that appears very aware of cultures and traditional footwear from around the world. I am happy that they are introducing such interesting designs as the Woven Leather Cancun Sandal (below) to European, Asian and American consumers.
Below is the original ‘Tamazula’ Huarache design.
As no Huarache designs are patented anyone is free to make Huaraches anywhere they please in the world, but it would also be good to support the struggling Huarache industry in Mexico instead making Huaraches in Italy.
The reason I say this is because with a declining local demand for Huaraches, fewer Mexicans are dedicating themselves to making Huaraches and if we don’t support this traditional Mexican craft now we run the risk that one day all the designs and the Huarache know-how will be forgotten.
As an imitation the Woven Leather Cancun Sandal in no way threatens the Mexican Huarache industry. The Woven Leather Cancun Sandal is also priced considerably higher and at Mex$ 4,340 it costs more than 10 times the price of the ‘Tamazula’ Huarache, I don’t think the Cancun Sandal sandal is even imported into Mexico.
So I hope that at the very least the Woven Leather Cancun Sandal can inform consumers around the world of the wonderful craft of Huarache making and maybe inspire some Mexican Huaracheros to enter the luxury footwear market as Punto Pigro has done.
Punto Pigro also makes a suede version the ‘Tamazula’ Huarache design and its called the Mesh&Ring.
Another Mexican (and Spanish) Sandal Design that Punto Pigro has adopted is the ‘Cacle’.
The original ‘Cacle’ as sold in Tlacolula Sunday Market in Oaxaca.
An original woven design from Punto Pigro below.