Huarache Size Grading in Process

Every Huarache size has a slightly different weave, and the weave sequence for each size must be worked out so that the vamp and quarter weaves meet to create one continuous  woven surface.

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úkata+ under construction!

Since my post in June, Huarache Blog readers have been asking “whats coming soon?”.

The úkata+ website is now officially under construction and the social media links are set up to share on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram with photos and insights about this new Huarache experience.

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FOURTH ARRIVALS – The úkata “Tamazula” by Huaraches Solano – The Last Tamazulas in Mexico

These “Tamazula” Huaraches are a real rarity and are today made on request by only one Huarachero in Mexico. I have been fortunate to be able to order a limited number of Men’s sizes and have them for sale in my úkata store which you can access clicking the VISIT MY STORE icon in the top right of this page.

Finding the Huarachero after seeing a pair of his Huaraches for sale in Tamazula, Jalisco (see that post HERE) was a real investigation, especially as he doesn’t even live near Tamazula and understandably none of the Huaracheria owners in Tamazula were willing to tell me his name either.

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And even after find him, Sr. Solano the huarachero never gave me his phone number. Although each time I visited him I always found him busy weaving Huaraches, with his seemingly busy huarache making schedule I was surprised to discover that he only makes Huaraches part time.

Like most Huaracheros he has his own workshop, his lasts, his sewing machine and has his local clients, but surprisingly most of his time is taken up as the caretaker of his local church. Its a mystery to me why a Huarachero of such talent chooses caretaking work over making his remarkable Huaraches. Thoughts of miracles, vows and answered prayers go through my mind, but maybe for Sr. Solano money and Huaraches aren’t everything, after all he’s also well into his 70’s.

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It was touching to hear Sr. Solano talk about putting love into making his Huaraches, a philosophy so distant from today’s monetization and commodification culture even amongst other Mexican Huaracheros. Its clear that for Sr. Solano focusing on service and quality is very important. Maybe that’s why he offered to make me only 6 pairs of his unique “Tamazula” Huaraches, because he realistically didn’t have time to make me more.

Interestingly Sr. Solano’s Huaraches are made using vegetable tanned leather from Curtiduria Gonzalez in Colima. Sr. Solano is one of those crafts persons I wrote about who travel across state just to buy the right leather. Because not every leather can be cut so thinly so as to make his “Tamazula” 16 Vuelta Huaraches.

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I’m also excited for this rare opportunity to show you in detail the tanning process of the leather of these “Tamazula” Huaraches. Its not often that consumers are able to witness the tanning of the leather in their products. Check out the “Tamazula” Huarache artisanal tanning process HERE

Like all good Huaraches the “Tamazula” sole is made from only the central/tread part of a recycled car tire (although the sole tread patterns are matched, the design on your pair of Huaraches may differ from the one in the photo).

The Huarache “Tamazula” is made entirely by hand and uses no glue.

The mysterious green colouring on the toe is a unique and traditional detail of the Tamazula Huarache. When I asked why it was there, I was told “that’s the way its always been”.

The fit of the “Tamazula” is little wide and are perfect if you have wide feet, or are a half size.

$30 DHL shipping to USA, Canada and Mexico.


US Patent 2,161,472 – Woven Shoe

I recently came across the 1939 US Patent 2,161,472 for a Woven Shoe with a Huarache Construction (where the upper is woven into the sole using a strip of leather).

The illustrations show some details of the anatomy of a Huarache which I find quite interesting.

I also think the drawings show the construction process quite well.

Click on the images for a close up high resolution view.

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To read the patent document click HERE


Happy Thanksgiving and Christmas Huarache Sale! – SORRY SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT – THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR BUSINESS.

MORE HUARACHES IN LATE JANUARY.

Thank you to all Huarache Blog readers and úkata customers for your continued support! This is my first ever sale and I’m feeling quite excited!

Only for this coming month and leading up to Christmas, visit the úkata online store HERE and get 20% off the best crafted, all natural, Mexican Huaraches.

In a modernizing Mexico, traditional Huaraches like these might not be around for much longer, so snap them up while you can.

$30 shipping to USA, CANADA and MEXICO.

Happy holidays and thanks again!

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IX Style – Huaraches for Clean Water

IX Style is a new socially conscious fashion brand that currently sells Mayan style Huaraches, while donating 15% of profits to provide clean drinking water to Guatemalan communities that have none.

IX  pronounced “eeks”, is the Mayan word for water.

Started earlier this year,  IX Style will turn 15%  profits to affiliated charities in Guatemala that run projects which create water filtration systems and wells. Not only does this initiative aim to offer a healthier life, but also to reduce the time spent collecting precious water from distant sources. Thereby providing people with more time to study, or work and a better chance to break the poverty cycle.

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For more info check out the IX Style website HERE

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A few weeks ago Bill Gates mentioned the importance of prioritizing the development and distribution of technology for basic things like “child survival” in the third world, over the projects of global connectivity proposed by Mark Zuckerberg and Google.

Although its hard to side with his point of view because essentially all help is good help. From the comfort of our smartphone interconnected world its also hard to imagine the daily hardships endured by about 90% of the world’s population. Its hard to imagine the hours spent walking for miles just to collect dirty water, or fire wood to cook with. How can anyone find time to study, work and least of all surf the web, when so much time is dedicated to the most basic needs?

And just the other day when I wanted to add a Huarachero to the online  The Huarache Directory, surprisingly he told me he didn’t have a phone, let alone access to the internet. It never occurred to me that the average daily wage in Mexico is about US$4 per day, which means that some Mexicans are working for even less (like many people around the world). So assuming the internet will one day penetrate to the deepest and remotest parts of the planet, the question is will those living there be able to afford access to it?


Huaraches in Jamay, Jalisco

Jamay is a small town on the eastern corner of Lake Chapala in Jalisco. It is known for its eyelet decorated Huaraches style especially for this one below called the “Guandarria Finito”.

I was able to find a small family “Taller” Huarache workshop, Father, Mother and 2 Sons all dedicated to the craft of making these Huaraches.

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Like all woven Huaraches the “Guandarria ” can be made with different numbers of weaves and increased sophistication.

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Also very sophisticated is the “20 Vueltas” Petatillo Huarache, which is woven exclusively by the lady.

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Then there is the “Jamay Pachuco” that quite different to the similarly named Huarache style from nearby Sahuayo.

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To make an order call Huaracheria Jamay in Jamay, Jalisco at Tel. 392.924.1230 (don’t forget the international dialing code for Mexico)

To see more of the Huaraches made by Huaracheria Jamay check out The Huarache Directory HERE