Ruben Gonzalez at the loom.
Despite the blazing speed of the weaver's hands, the weaving process is slow. A small weaving can take ten days or more. A larger weaving can take two or three months, sometimes even longer.
The strings go through comblike spaces in the piece hanging down directly in front of Ruben. This piece moves, and the weavers use it to pack each new row tightly into the weaving.
The two sets of strings are attached to two pedals which the weavers stand on while they weave. With the completion of each row, they use the pedals to switch the bottom row of strings to the top, locking the new row in place.