Stitches of History: Tlaquilpa's Legacy

Artisans of the Sierra de Zongolica, Veracruz: A family history, memories of the community

Works of the Tekimalaktl Collective, in Tlaquilpa, Veracruz, Mexico. (2023-08-27) by Manuel de Jesús Pérez GarcíaSecretaría de Cultura

The beginning

The story of Nancy Carvajal and her mother Matilde García Tentzohua is one of perseverance and a commitment to caring for their traditions.

Works of the Tekimalaktl Collective, in Tlaquilpa, Veracruz, Mexico. (2023-08-27) by Manuel de Jesús Pérez GarcíaSecretaría de Cultura

Legacies

The family and the Tekimalaktl Collective are a common thread in Tlaquilpa, weaving stories and patterns that bear witness to past generations.

My mother is the root, but I am the fruit of the tree. Nancy Carvajal

Works of the Tekimalaktl Collective, in Tlaquilpa, Veracruz, Mexico. (2023-08-27) by Manuel de Jesús Pérez GarcíaSecretaría de Cultura

Collective memory

The oral and family tradition is the heart and soul of Mexico as it safeguards techniques and wisdom over generations.

Artisan of the Tekimalaktl Collective, in Tlaquilpa, Veracruz, Mexico. (2023-08-27) by Manuel de Jesús Pérez GarcíaSecretaría de Cultura

Matilde: guardian

At 80, Matilde is the longest-serving person in the community and has been the torchbearer who illuminates the path as she advocates for wool when many have left it behind.

Artisan of the Tekimalaktl Collective, in Tlaquilpa, Veracruz, Mexico. (2023-08-27) by Manuel de Jesús Pérez GarcíaSecretaría de Cultura

Resilience

Matilde's unwavering love for her land and traditions is what saved Tlaquilpa's ancestral techniques from oblivion.

Tekimalaktl Collective, in Tlaquilpa, Veracruz, Mexico. (2023-08-27) by Manuel de Jesús Pérez GarcíaSecretaría de Cultura

Resurrection of traditions in Tlaquilpa

Saving their traditions and using Nahuatl has created a sense of cultural identity in Tlaquilpa, where many families have at least one or two sheep, something that was unthinkable years ago.

Artisan of the Tekimalaktl Collective, in Tlaquilpa, Veracruz, Mexico. (2023-08-27) by Manuel de Jesús Pérez GarcíaSecretaría de Cultura

Links between art and family

For Nancy, each stitch is a memory, a lesson learned from her mother, and a commitment to keeping the tradition alive.

Tekimalaktl Collective, in Tlaquilpa, Veracruz, Mexico. (2023-08-27) by Manuel de Jesús Pérez GarcíaSecretaría de Cultura

A bright future

The family weaves not only wool, but also hope that ensures Tlaquilpa's legacy will shine through for future generations.

Tekimalaktl Collective, in Tlaquilpa, Veracruz, Mexico. (2023-08-27) by Manuel de Jesús Pérez GarcíaSecretaría de Cultura

One family: one community

The art, materials, and colors that bring Tlaquilpa to life have been instrumental in bringing families together and thereby keeping the community unified.

Works of the Tekimalaktl Collective, in Tlaquilpa, Veracruz, Mexico. (2023-08-27) by Manuel de Jesús Pérez GarcíaSecretaría de Cultura

Heart of the community

More than a technique, it is Matilde's love and dedication, transmitted to Nancy, that unites and strengthens the essence of Tlaquilpa.

Tekimalaktl Collective, in Tlaquilpa, Veracruz, Mexico. (2023-08-27) by Manuel de Jesús Pérez GarcíaSecretaría de Cultura

Stitches of History: Tlaquilpa's Legacy

Between stitches and traditions, the soul of Tlaquilpa lives on in every generation.

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