A Lifetime Dedication to Preserving Traditions

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University professor recognized with one of the most prestigious awards worldwide.

A story of Mexican cultural success, the Award for the Fostering and Research of Handcrafts in Spain and America 2014, was handed to Ana Celia Martínez, a professor of Mesoamerican research at the National Autonomous University of México (UNAM) and the Ibero-American University (UIA).

The award, which was given to Martínez on the Spanish island of Tenerife, is considered to be the most important of its kind worldwide and was granted for her work Izote, Iczotl¸ Fibra con Identidad, Tradición y Permanencia (Lit. “Izote, Iczotl, Fibers with Identity, Tradition and Permanence”).

Her careful and detailed work, related to the fibers produced in Sumpahuacán, State of Mexico, earned her this recognition, which constitutes its 25th year celebrating the work of artisans in Spain and America.

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While celebrating Martinez’ outstanding contribution, Carlos Alonso, the president of Tenerife Town Council, highlighted the importance of all those who dedicate their lives to defending and promoting these traditions.

Martinez’ work has obtained several recognitions at a national and international level, and has been part of a wide array of conferences in the Mexican states of Veracruz and Oaxaca, Mexico City and abroad as well.

Mexico has positioned itself as a strong and consistent participant in this type of events and is in fact one of the most award-winning countries. As of 1990, Mexican representatives have earned this prestigious recognition six times.

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