Mexico’s diverse textile traditions go on displayBy Gerardo del Rivero
Mexico Textile brings together 300 works, including huipiles, waist loom works, rugs, sarapes and rebozos, as well as some ceramic and religious objects.
Textile Mexico Exhibition (April 14 to June 24) offers a review of the history of the manufacture of textiles from the pre-Hispanic era to the present in order to know the different techniques of production, raw materials and, above all, to reflect on the current challenges of this activity, is the currently being showcased at the Museum of Popular Art (MAP) in Mexico City.
According to La Jornada, the exhibition gathers 300 works, including loom works, rugs, sarapes as well as ceramic and religious objects. The works hail from the collections of the Metropolitan Cathedral the Franz Mayer museums, the Templo Mayor and the Castillo de Chapultepec, among others.
Magdalena Weiner, curator of the exhibition, argues that textile art in Mexico has nothing to do with clothing or the beauty of a rich legacy: “it is also a platform to translate political, social and economic ideas”.
For his part, Walter Boesterly, director of the MAP, said at a press conference that one of the most important problems is the plagiarism of artisanal designs (a theme that will be addressed in the exhibition and in a couple of round tables), as the idea is to raise awareness among visitors and potential consumers of national textiles about the importance of supporting this cultural heritage.
Textile Mexico puts on the table of discussion how to preserve and maintain traditions, while innovating, "because part of the artisan problem in the world, especially in Mexico, is that by not innovating, the consumer does not acquire the products, which must be adapted to a different way of life.
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