Telars are the lap boxes that a lacemaker uses. It has a base and a roll so that the crossed and twisted threads that make up the lace can be secured with pins. As the lace is worked, the roll is rotated back, and the pins further away are reused for the new section. There’s no set size for the box, and its dimensions can be adjusted to fit the person, or the project.
Telars are also called mundillo. Wherever you find a maker of telars and bobbins, you’re sure to find other kinds of wood work. In the past, telars were fashioned from recycled wood– fruit boxes or furniture drawers. Today you can pick from a variety of styles, with incised or carved surfaces. There are even telars made of anodized aluminum or even lucite. Bobinas or bobbins can be made from a variety of woods, and in the Museo is a cabinet with bobinas made from 64 different woods, each with a different shade and density. Today, a lathe is used, before, folks used a knife or blade and whittled the bobbin out of coffee branches, or other types of branches collected from the countryside.
Frequently, santeros, the makers of wooden saints and religious imagery also made telars and bobinas. Stylistic regional differences were accentuated in the past, but this is less the case today given mobility; of more importance is the influence of training under particular teachers. It is the same with lacemaking. Moca has a number of master lacemakers, who teach individually or in small classes held in various locations. Each person imparts something to their student, who then can take the pattern and rhythm of lace to another level.