Crin is a traditional weaving technique using horsehair that originated in Rari, a small town in rural central Chile. This traditional post-colonial craftwork appeared mysteriously around 200 years ago and is one of Chile's most distinctive folk craft which has been extensively exhibited around the world.
Crin uses ‘ixtle’ o ‘tampico’ (vegetable fibre from Mexico) and horse hair as the main materials. The tampico is use to construct the structure of the piece and the horse hair to weave around it and shape the form. No tools are used, just the makers hands and sewing needles. Artisans of Rari have developed this craft work through many generations, introducing new methods and materials to create more vibrant and complex designs. Alamo roots were replaced by tampico due to the shortage and inflexibility of the material to achieve more complex shapes and the horse hair dyed to obtain more vibrant colours in the designs.