Historically, the Indians known as ‘mapuches’ were the first known crafters or ‘weavers of the loom’. These elaborate weaves called ‘guard pampa’ created beautiful fabrics which are not only traditional but served a very important function. These weaves indicated hierarchy and the various thread colors depicted much more. For example, black was associated with nobility and red referred to blood or the bravery of a solider. Most often the traditional pampa weaves are made up of geometric designs using staggered crosses, rhombuses and double triangle shapes.