Textile Art El Hato (Women Weavers)
By tanyadominguez | On 29/05/2017 | Comments (0)
Written by Tanya D.
The group of women weavers of textile art El Hato joins the project RAIZS Artisanat Equitable of promotion and appreciation of Mexican popular art.
The group was born on the initiative of Wendy Cao Romero, promoter of the culture of southern Veracruz. In 1992, she started a group of women and taught them knitting techniques such as tricot. After they began to develop clothing for men, women and children mainly used to dance fandango (traditional gender and dance in the south of Veracruz, accompanied mainly by “son jarocho”).
Their objectif was to combat the inequality that leads to gender violence, common in these isolated regions, where the man is the one who must contribute the economic sustenance to the home. With the passage of time, the economic emancipation of this group of women, coupled with the many adepts to the pieces they make, has been palpable and has led 15 more women to join this project. Now there are 28 women who have achieved their own economic development and autonomy, but more than that "is the power to transmit to their daughters they are valuable and that with perseverance can achieve many things and improve their living conditions" – said one of them - . El Hato is a community located in the region of Santiago Tuxtla located in the south of the state of Veracruz, a few minutes from the archaeological center of Tres Zapotes, which has traces of the Olmec culture that settled mainly in that area and also opens the Olmeca Archaeological Museum.
In this region of the state of Veracruz, as in other regions of Mexico, the role of women in society is the dedication to housework and childcare. This project promotes the socio-economic empowerment of women, as it gives them the security and strength that can build important things and that their work is also fundamental to achieve a more inclusive and just society.
You can already find their pieces in our online store!