"Female weavers of the Sierra de Zongolica"

By tanyadominguez | On 13/09/2016 | Comments (0)

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Written by: Miguel Angel Sosme Campos 

Traduced by: Adrian Enciso V.

The project of collaboration with the weavers of Tlaquilpa, Atlahuilco and Tequila, villages of the Sierra de Zongolica, Veracruz, started in 2010 as a part of the research activities of Belinda Contreras Jaimes, graduate of the Master in Tropical Ecology of the Universidad Veracruzana, and Miguel Ángel Sosme Campos, graduate of the Social Anthropology bachelor of this university.

As students, they both wrote their thesis on the female weavers, the processes of the textiles, the natural ressources and the implicit gender relations of the traditional waist loom. The result of these work was the publication of the book “Tejedoras de esperanza, Empoderamiento en los grupos artesanalaes de la Sierra de Zongolica” (“Weavers of hope. Empowerment in the artisan groups of the Sierra de Zongolica”), written by Miguel Ángel, which was rewarded by the National Institute of Women and the National Institute of Anthropology.

Later, the works of collaboration were strenghtened by the project “Community forest management and preservation in Central Mexico: building links, networks and capacities”, coordinated by the PhD Citlalli López Binnqüist, a renowned academic in the field of the study of popular art. From here, Phd Citlalli, Belinda and Miguel boosted initiatives oriented to the revitalisation of traditional knowledge, specially textile products. This work was the origin of the children’s stories book “Los textiles de la Tlasesekya”, written for the kids of the region and distributed free of charge with the objective of fostering among indigenous children the love and the enjoyment of the textile art.

In addition to this, other projects of management of the promotion and selling of textile products have been developped, taking the art of the region to universities and cultural forums in Mexico, some of them of a great significance, such as the National Museum of Anthropology, the Annual Festival of Textiles and the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Nowadays, with the support of the Ministery of Culture of the government of Mexico, the team conformed by the PhD Citlalli, Belinda and Miguel, works on the production of a short film that aims to approach the textile art of the Sierra to wider sectors of the population. At the same time, they coordinate actions to commercialize the artisan activity at fair prices, inside and outside Mexico, and prepare the first exposition of textiles of the weavers from Zongolica at the Anthropology Museum of Xalapa, Veracruz.




Adrian has estudied and worked in Mexico and France.

He strongly believes that diversity is the path to development 

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