Finely Woven Huaraches in Sahuayo, MichoacanPosted: June 27, 2013
With over 200 Huarache workshops and factories there are a lot of Huaracheros in the town of Sahuayo, Michoacan.
Last week I discovered a few of the finest.
As the price of Huaraches continues to drop, the quality of most Huaraches is lessening and they are being made faster with fewer weaves. Not because the Huarachero Artisans prefer this, but because most Mexican consumers aren’t willing to pay much more than $10-$15 for a pair. Unfortunately in a modernizing Mexico the lack of branding and the simple market retail locations do little to promote and elevate this sophisticated craft.
Luckily a few Huarachero artisans remain committed in maintaining their high standards despite the lessening demand for fine Huaraches.
Sr. Gerardo Seguro is one of a select Huaracheros in Sahuayo still making finely woven Huaraches. The ones below are called “Ranchero” Huaraches.
Sr. Antonio Granados who lives across town also continues making the finest woven Huaraches.
The style below he calls Huaraches “Marta”. Keep in mind that woven Huaraches are all made from a continuous strip of leather that is gradually woven around the last and into the sole. This unique footwear construction process naturally secures the upper to the sole without the use of glue, knots, or nails.
He also makes the “Petatillo” Huarache for men.
And the “Petatillo Finito”, a Huarache so finely woven that the heel counts 45 layers of leather strip woven through it! Click on each photo for a closer high resolution look at these details.
Sr. Granadas is known for his creativity and for making unique Huarache designs.
His custom made “Piramidal” Huaraches below are some of the most interesting Huaraches I have seen.
These are his personal pair with a more traditional sole.
For anyone wanting to place an order, Sr. Granadas can be reached at 353.532.0996 and Sr. Seguro at 353.531.7265.