University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty member and textile artist Carolyn Kallenborn is in the final stages of completing the subtitles of the documentary film she has produced called “Woven Lives.” It features six extraordinary weavers from the state of Oaxaca who exemplify the best of contemporary weaving that has evolved over centuries. Their work is rooted in an ancient tradition that provided clothing for an indigenous people. Today, these are works of art.
The movie features the work of Federico Chavez Sosa and Erasto “Tito” Mendoza Ruiz, great weavers who I am proud to call friends.
Kallenborn’s film is described here:
“Drawing upon the richness of sights, sounds and beauty of the people and landscape of Oaxaca, Mexico, Woven Lives provides a fascinating look at contemporary Zapotec weavers from six different villages. This colorful documentary celebrates their extraordinary textiles and illustrates how the art of weaving cloth has helped the Zapotecs retain their culture and identity for thousands of years. The story traces the integration of ancient techniques with new technologies and explores how the artisans are now looking to the past to help them move forward into the future.”
See more about the movie on the website: www.wovenlivesoaxaca.com
Find Federico Chavez Sosa @ Av. Francisco I. Madero #55, Teotitlan del Valle or in Oaxaca at Av. Cinco de Mayo #408. Tel: (951) 524-4078.
Find Tito Mendoza Ruiz @ El Nahual Gallery, Av. Cinco de Mayo, Oaxaca.