What’s a Quechquemitl? Find out at the Museo Textil de Oaxaca lecture.

Say: ketch-kem-mee.


Indigenous Mexican clothing is traditionally handwoven on a backstrap loom. Sometimes, it is cut and sewn together so that it can be pulled down over the head as a shoulder cover-up that looks like a short shawl.   The head opening is a virtual square that is formed by the joining of two lengths of cloth. Carla Fernandez in her book, Taller Flora (out of print), talks about this and shows clear diagrams of traditional indigenous clothing construction.
I love quechquemitls.  They are fun and easy to wear.  A wonderful cotton drape over the shoulder to keep the sun off or a snuggy wool covering for chillier winter days and evenings.  I buy my wool quechquemitls in Teotitlan del Valle from Arte y Seda and my cotton ones from Sheri Brautigam.
Exhibit and Lecture at the Museo Textil de Oaxaca, Wednesday, May 11, 6:00 p.m., corner Hidalgo and Fiallo, Centro Historico


That’s why I am excited to tell you about a Museo Textile de Oaxaca lecture on Quechquemitls Today by Sheri Brautigam.  Sheri is a textile designer and researcher who spends time in remote Mexican villages documenting traditional textile use and production. The lecture will present the quechquemitls of the Mazahua community of Santa Rosa de Lima, in the State of Mexico and the Nahua community of Cuetzalan, Puebla.
Currently on exhibit at the museo is an extensive collection of antique quechquemitls from the general area of central Mexico where they were worn in many villages until recently. It’s worth a visit, since these garments are exquisite.
For more information, contact:
Sheri Brautigam
Mexico Cell – (951) 151-1557
Santa Fe – NM  cell (505) 603-1278
SKYPE – lalucitaverde
 

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2 Responses to What’s a Quechquemitl? Find out at the Museo Textil de Oaxaca lecture.

  1. Dear Norma,
    I am trying to find out where Manta cotton is now woven (if at all) in Mexico.
    Can you help?
    Yours truly,
    Meg Walker

    • Here´s the contact of this designer/artisan from Oaxaca who has been dyeing manta with some natural dyes:

      Eric Chavez Santiago, director of education at the Museo Textil de Oaxaca suggests you get in touch with:

      Juan Manuel Bautista
      Macedonio Alcalá 407
      045-9511875075
      TEl. 5146839
      tipicoalban@hotmail.com

      Eric says that most of this manta is industrial, machine woven. It is then washed and dyed. It is hard to dye the fabric without staining it, you need very big dye pots and cotton does not take nicely the natural dyes. You can ask him to see photos of the material.

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