|The Mexican Indigenous Textile Project was created by me in 2001 to document my 650 piece Mexican indigenous textile collection. However after a few initial trips, its actual purpose became clear, which is to document as many village where traditional textiles are worn as possible. To date ( 5/1/2012 ) I have visited over 1500 villages and documented over 700. |
The “voice” of this study is over the internet , through the principle website www.mexicantextiles.com also a video page, blog and facebook http://www.facebook.com/Mexican.textiles and http://www.facebook.com/otomi.textiles which are more recent but do almplify the presence of the study.
In Mexico , there are 64 languages ( including Spanish ) and over 2000 variations or dialects. These languages represent ethnic groups and until recently many of these ethnic groups have worn traditional costume or dress. The rapid rate of modernization and the effects of immigration, globalization and poverty have had a ever accelerating impact on the day to day use of costume among these peoples. Many of the communities which I have document had only one person , usually a grandmother or great grandmother, that continued to use her traditional costume.
The textile study is more a census of the remaining villages, a picture in time ,of the first 12 years of the 21 century. In my mind no village, town , hamlet of community is to small or to remote to visit and document. While I will never be able to visit all the remaining places , I make it a point to visit each place my self . On a 45 day study last year, I drove from San Fransisco Ca. Down to and around the Yucatan Peninsula ( 10,00 miles ) visited and documented Mayos in Sonora and Sinaloa, Huichol in Tepeic, Purepechas in Michoacan, Nahuatl spreakers in Veracruz and over 85 Mayan villages in the Yucatan. PHEW...
Here is an interesting question I am often asked, the Mexican will ask “Who pays you to do this” and the American will ask “ How do you make money from this study” the answer is none of the above no one pays me and I don't make any money. It is all on my bill. For the last 4 year the sale of textiles has helped both the textile collectives and myself. I use the money to defer part of the costs and buy direct from the embroiderers. So what you are seeing here in the Otomi textiles is the indigenous group with a solid , desirable and interesting embroidered fabric which I export and ship world wide. My goal is to offer the most attractive prices possible and to service my customers with the greatest respect and diligence.At the same time continue to visit and document villages in all areas of Mexico.