I’m smitten with this story about women who weave and use natural dyes under the shadow of Orizaba in the state of Veracruz, just over the border from northern Oaxaca state. It is a testimony to ancient wisdom, the grandmothers, folklore, cultural preservation and the strength of women to remember and to make and to teach it to the next generation. It is a tribute to everyone in Mexico who works hard and under extreme circumstances, to create the wonderful textiles that we love.
See the Video on my Facebook page or watch it HERE (below).
Tlakimilolli: Voices from the Loom from APM-ColMich on Vimeo.
This is a long video, almost 30 minutes. I encourage you to watch it. Then make a gift to ensure support the immigrants who are mistreated in the USA, by choosing one or several of these organizations.
- Raices Refugee and Immigration Center
- HIAS in Mexico
- Southern Poverty Law Center Immigrant Freedom Initiative
- Immigrant Defense Project
- Mexican Dreamweavers Tixinda Cooperative, Pinotepa de Don Luis, Oaxaca
- Oaxaca Lending Library Foundation
- Libros Para Pueblos
If you have a favorite Not-for-Profit USA 501 C 3 that helps Mexican immigrants in the USA or helps textile weavers in Mexico, please feel free to share a link in the comments, with a reason why you support them. Thank you!
And, please remember, when you make a purchase of a textile that is made by hand, you are helping to support individuals, families, villages, communities and cultures to do more than survive, to thrive and continue their traditions.
Felices Fiestas con abrazos fuertes from Oaxaca, Mexico.
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