Indigenous Craftswomen Take on Mexican Fashion World
IPS, 9 May 2011

AMEALCO, MEXICO: 820 Otomi indigenous craftswomen are taking part in the MäKA project, which was launched in August 2010 by the Mexican government’s System for Comprehensive Family Development in Querétaro state. The Otomi women tack the outlines of their people’s unique and delicate ancestral designs, passed down from generation to generation, onto the fabric provided to them by the project, and then embroider them in colourful cross-stitch. Reina Pérez, an Otomi indigenous craftswoman said, “The MäKA project values our embroidery, and our stitching skills have improved, especially among the younger women.” MäKA’s goal is to provide the women with secure jobs, good working conditions and fair pay, with the added benefit of being able to work from home and continue to care for their children. The clothing line created by designer Alejandro Medina and the native embroiderers has already been presented at fashion shows with great success. Read the article …