Intertwined: The Female Artists of Michoacán

Tzintzuntzan, Michoacán, Purépecha community

Purépecha artisans in the community of Tzintzuntzan, Michoacán, Mexico. (2023-09-08) by Samuel Piñón FloresSecretaría de Cultura

Land of ideas

Tzintzuntzan, in the heart of Michoacán, bears witness to the union of three stories: Enedina Lara, Julia Hernández, and Erika Reynoso, three distinct perspectives that portray the essence of embroidery in this region.

Purépecha artisan in the community of Tzintzuntzan, Michoacán, Mexico. (2023-09-08) by Samuel Piñón FloresSecretaría de Cultura

A fresh perspective

Although Enedina has only five years of experience in the trade, she has quickly assimilated the tradition by fusing respect for the past with an innovative vision.

Purépecha artisan in the community of Tzintzuntzan, Michoacán, Mexico. (2023-09-08) by Samuel Piñón FloresSecretaría de Cultura

Purépecha artisan in the community of Tzintzuntzan, Michoacán, Mexico. (2023-08-23) by Iván ContrerasSecretaría de Cultura

A perspective of experience

Julia, with 30 years in the world of embroidery, is the backbone of the workshop. Each stitch she makes is a testament to traditions, stories, and learnings.

Purépecha artisans in the community of Tzintzuntzan, Michoacán, Mexico. (2023-09-08) by Samuel Piñón FloresSecretaría de Cultura

A nexus between worlds

Erika acts as the connection between the ancestral and the contemporary. Her digital ability amplifies and brings to the world the creations woven by her companions.

Purépecha artisans in the community of Tzintzuntzan, Michoacán, Mexico. (2023-09-08) by Samuel Piñón FloresSecretaría de Cultura

Art is in the everyday

Daily conversations and the steady rhythm of needles intertwine experiences of the past and present.

Purépecha artisan in the community of Tzintzuntzan, Michoacán, Mexico. (2023-08-23) by Iván ContrerasSecretaría de Cultura

Embroidering legacies

The heritage of embroidery comes from grandmothers and mothers who passed down their wisdom through stories that keep the tradition alive in Tzintzuntzan.

Purépecha embroidery in the community of Tzintzuntzan, Michoacán, Mexico. (2023-08-23) by Iván ContrerasSecretaría de Cultura

A home workshop

The corners of their homes are a reflection of their passion: scraps of colorful fabrics, a variety of yarns, and notebooks full of sketches that attest to their artistic commitment.

Purépecha artisans in the community of Tzintzuntzan, Michoacán, Mexico. (2023-08-23) by Iván ContrerasSecretaría de Cultura

Collective work

The workshop is transformed in the afternoons into a space for creativity. Julia teaches ancestral techniques, Enedina innovates with new designs, while Erika is in charge of disseminating and marketing her creations.

Purépecha artisans in the community of Tzintzuntzan, Michoacán, Mexico. (2023-08-23) by Iván ContrerasSecretaría de Cultura

A bridge of ideas

More than differences, the generational gaps in this workshop become bridges that fuse tradition and evolution with a deep love for art and its homeland.

Purépecha artisan in the community of Tzintzuntzan, Michoacán, Mexico. (2023-08-23) by Iván ContrerasSecretaría de Cultura

A shared history

This workshop in Tzintzuntzan not only creates art, but also weaves stories of women, traditions, and the indissoluble bond that unites them.

Purépecha artisans in the community of Tzintzuntzan, Michoacán, Mexico. (2023-08-23) by Iván ContrerasSecretaría de Cultura

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