An essential piece for daily living in Mexico, these handwoven mats made from palm leaves – which are known locally as petates – represent the full life cycle within the traditional context. Babies are conceived and born on petates, they’re used for sleeping, and also to lay the dead to rest. Further to this, petates are included in blessings during marriage rituals, as well as in the handmade process, as they’re used for keeling during corn grinding and backstrap weaving.
Comprised of hand-gathered Mexican palm and made by senior artisans, we have two custom sizes available. One is a larger size for the beach, and the other a smaller, more portable size that can play triple duty as picnic seating, a front door mat, or used as they do on the coast when you want extra comfort in a wide weave hammock – simply place the petate inside and prepare yourself for siesta.
Palm weaving is a form of artistry that dates back centuries in various states of Mexico. We partner with a small group of weavers to produce these custom pieces for our stock. As these pieces are made by seniors in this community, purely as supplemental income, they sizing does vary from piece to piece – they are not exact sizes. That said, we have these pieces available in roughly the sizes below. If you’d like more specifics, contact us directly to check the sizes of the pieces that we have in stock.
Large: Approximately 95cm wide x 185cm long
Medium: Approximately 65cm wide x 100cm tall
Wipe with a damp cloth to clean. Can use mild soap and water and scrub brush, if necessary.
The noted price is for a single petate in either listed size. The prices are listed in the drop down window below.
All noted prices are in USD and do not include shipping. Our website is not currently set up for e-commerce – please contact us directly to purchase: firstname.lastname@example.org