6th Huarache Competition – Sahuayo, Michoacan 2014Posted: September 14, 2014
Every 12th of September the Mexican town of Sahuayo in Michoacan, Mexico hosts it annual Huarache competition.
The competition is organized by the local government to celebrate the Mexican tradition and craft of Huarache footwear.
A Huarachero checking out the competition.
Ing. Oscar Casillas the Director of Sustainable Development for the town of Sahuayo and organizer of the 6th Huarache Competition. He did ask me if I was going to enter, but I had forgotten to bring any of my designs..Maybe next year..
This year Antonio Granados who is probably one of the best, if not the best Huarachero in the world, created a “Zapato Huarache” design with his signature diamond pattern design. His design won first prize.
Its worth mentioning that the upper design of woven Huaraches is not prepared flat and then pulled around a last and glued like regular woven footwear.
Woven Huaraches are made by weaving a single strip of leather sequentially into the holes in the sole. The pattern slowly emerges as the weave goes back and forth through the various holes in the sole. If at any point the leather strip is not woven correctly, the whole design ends distorted and must be unwoven up to the point where the mistake was made and can be corrected.
My personal winner Huarache design was this “Petatillo” done with a more open weave, by Efrain Chavez.