Our Treated Ristras are individually hand-tied using New Mexico grown chile. Ristras are a distinctive Southwest tradition. They originate from our ancestors who strung up their chile to dry in order to preserve it for later use. Our Treated Ristras are coated with dark red coloring and further treated to give the ristra a glossy look. This treatment enhances their beauty and keeps them beautiful for many years. Ristras have become a "welcome" symbol of New Mexico hospitality. Give a gift of Southwest charm to you friends, family, and assoicates. They makes great hostess gifts too!