Indigenous women from Mexico win National Shawl Contest 2015

By Valeria Bigurra Peñavera

A few days ago, the state of Tlaxcala held the second National shawl Competition 2015, organized by the Ministry of Social Development of Mexico (SEDESOL), through the National Fund for the Development of Arts and Crafts (FONART).

The winners of the contest were three women from Veracruz, each in different categories. One was Santa Francisca Rosas, who won second place with her ​gray and beige shawl, made in colonial fabric; Esperanza Camilo Mejía was another winner, a talented woman who took home the third place for her woven shawl, featuring beige tones and made with traditional Mexican weaving techniques on a waist loom. And last but not least, Felícitas Itzacahua Tentzohua, who also won third place with a pink and gray hand woven shawl, also crafted in a waist loom.

RebozosSource: Pixabay. Original Title”Shawl” by JamesDeMers. Creative Commons CC0. 2013.

It’s noteworthy to mention that this is the second time Esperanza and Santa win at a national level and these awards serve as inspiration for artisans and craftsmen from Veracruz, so they continue promoting their beautiful traditions, through these artistic expressions of art.

Prizes range from 8 to 12 thousand pesos, and the purpose of the money is to contribute to the production of such colorful, picturesque and fascinating handmade garments.

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