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Indigenous Craftswomen Take On Mexican Fashion World

Offbeat  (tags: mexico, crafts, embroidery, women, fashion, many colours, Otomi, indigenous people, income, fair pay, secure jobs, ethnic groups )

- 2992 days ago -
Reina Perez, an Otomi indigenous craftswomen in the central Mexican state of Queretaro, skillfully embroiders "grecas" or traditional design motifs in threads of many colours, on fabrics that will be used to make dresses, skirts and blouses.


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Erin R (181)
Monday May 9, 2011, 3:47 pm
good article

Dana W (9)
Monday May 9, 2011, 4:32 pm
Wonderful idea, but I can't help feeling that if the average woman makes only about $25 per month for her labor she is being exploited to a certain extent. Plus, unless there are other family members to help pick up the slack at home, these women are expected to all their daily chores then somehow find time to embroider.

Iona Kentwell (129)
Monday May 9, 2011, 4:43 pm
It seems like a project that is allowing these women to use their skills and heritage to earn money in a way that will continue and grow. This has got to be a good thing. It does seem that their renumeration needs to increase, firstly to represent fairly the work that they do and also as a percentage of the final profit from their labours which I'm sure after costs are much higher than what they recieve. But it seems to be a great start.

Cindy C (125)
Monday May 9, 2011, 5:28 pm
wow absolutely amazing
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