Hand-woven rebozos in Mexico
“The art of weaving rebozos has been in my family over 70 years, starting with my grandfather, who passed down his techniques through the generations.”“I’m from Moroleon, Guanajuato and I make shawls.
"My city is known for its textile industry. In the old days, it was known for shawls, blankets and woven sweaters, but once the industry began to grow, it lost ground to t-shirts and other products, which has left very few dedicated to continue.
"The art of weaving rebozos has been in my family for over 70 years, starting with my grandfather, who founded this venture and passed down the techniques and processes to me and my relatives.
"For more than 40 years, my family and other expert weavers have been making shawls. We also collaborate with other people from rural towns who put the finishing touches on the rebozos, that is, the ends of the border designs. They are experts in this art.
"What distinguishes our creations is the quality of the materials. All of the work is done by hand and most of our products are completely woven with cotton. We also like to offer a wide variety of designs to our customers. We are up-to-date on trends and seasons, but also seek to include classic designs, like the ones we used to see our grandmothers wear.
"We want our designs to be elegant and unique, looking for inspiration everywhere, including other textiles. We are not afraid to experiment. It takes a lot of work to create a shawl.
"It is a long process that lasts around 45 days to complete, but that’s very satisfying for the people who do it. Despite how difficult it has been for our venture to succeed, I’m not giving up. I’ve sought government assistance even though it’s difficult to find. I haven’t slowed down in finding ways to get ahead and take my creations farther. We constantly seek to exhibit our creations by showing them to potential clients because my goal is to take my designs to different places inside and outside of the country. My focus is to present my creations as a high-quality product that will rescue the artisanal tradition of my city. I like the idea of making our work known to people who will take it with them and have the satisfaction of knowing it’s a long-lasting accessory, completely artisanal, with a lot of history and work behind it.”