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Ergonomic benches for Mexican backstrap weavers

by Synergo Arts
Ergonomic benches for Mexican backstrap weavers


This project: teaches carpenters how to make the ergonomic bench. It trains weavers to use the bench to protect their health and increase their income potential, while also preserving weaving culture.

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The ergonomic bench provides indigenous weavers with relief from pain and physical disability. Unlike the traditional kneeling posture, the ergonomic bench works in harmony with the body. It enables women to produce more textiles of better quality and increase their ability to provide for their families, while preserving their culture. We help carpenters learn to make the bench and we teach weavers to train each other to use the bench well, so that local communities can be self sufficient.


We provide an educational resource kit to help carpenters increase their skills & livelihood while ensuring that the ergonomic features of the bench are preserved. We provide training to enable women to get maximum benefit from using the bench.

Long-Term Impact

The ergonomic bench helps women increase family income, safely. This project helps local carpenters make benches for women in their communities, & helps women protect their own health while providing better nutrition & education for their children.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


2006 Tech Laureate, Economic Development Award
profile listed under artisan equipment
1-minute demo video of ergonomic weaving bench

Organization Information

Synergo Arts

Location: Tucson, AZ - USA
Karen Piegorsch
Project Leader:
Karen Piegorsch
Tucson, AZ United States

Funded Project!

Thanks to 28 donors like you, a total of $1,330 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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