Want to experience world-class fiber artist/teachers, attend stimulating workshops and exhibits, learn new technique, new materials and have access to a myriad of textile related products? Consider attending the HGA (HandWeavers Guild of America’s) biennial Convergence conference being held this year in Long Beach CA – July 15 – 21, 2012.
Living Textiles of Mexico will be there presenting two seminars and selling collectors textiles in the huge vendors event at the same time. This is what I will be offering – hope you can make it – even just for the day.
Traditional textiles are a vital part of Mexican culture and are experiencing a revival in some indigenous communities. This seminar explores the Mazahua community of central Mexico and its efforts to rescue one of the oldest and most striking garments of this region, a beautiful traditional eight-pound wool skirt. Hand-spinning, natural dyes, back-strap weaving and fine embellishment will be discussed, along with the spectacular community fiesta where this costume is worn.
The story of their revival was featured in Artes de Mexico – Mazahua Textiles – May 2011. But during this presentation you view the original images of their elaborate process not seen this article. We will also have various sample to examine and marvel at the months it takes to complete the costume.
Read an earlier post with more background information about the Flores Silvestres revitalization project.
Mexico has a vibrant textile tradition, and indigenous communities wear their costumes as a form of self-identity. Explore the diversity and spectrum of these ‘living’ textiles. Methods of production, as well as the variety and quality of these beautiful Mexican garments will be discussed. View colorful images and examples and learn where to go and what to look for when collecting Mexican textiles.
Check out the hundreds of other events as this is a REALLY BIG conference.