The Power of Women’s Hands: An alliance that works - 3D virtual exhibition by Mexican Cultural Institute DC

The Power of Women’s Hands: An alliance that works

Tue, 06/01/2021 to Wed, 09/29/2021

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To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the signing of the Lima Declaration, which established the Pacific Alliance, the diplomatic missions of the four-member countries in the United States are pleased to present: “The Power of Women’s Hands: An alliance that works”. Through a virtual exhibition on the website of the Instituto Cultural de México and workshops in collaboration with the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, we invite you to discover the expressions, richness, and artistic diversity of crafts from Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru.
Chile presents horsehair weaving known as “Crin”, a tradition of more than two hundred years, which is worked in the city of Rari, 310 kilometers from Santiago.
Rari comes from the Mapuche language "raren", which means wild bush, where they work the mane, the art of weaving horsehair. Guadalupe Sepúlveda (68), artisan from Rari and member of the Network of Artisans and Artisans of Crafts of Chile since 2010, when referring to this art, points out that it is “to honor and keep alive the memory of my family. Because artisans are not made, they are born, from generation to generation. My grandmother taught my mother to weave pure root. And my mother taught me to weave vegetable fiber combined with horsehair”.
Colombia delights us with the Patchwork tradition of the San Andrés Archipelago and the work of Gretha Huffington.
The history of Patchwork is intertwined with the Puritan settlers that came to the archipelago. Initially, patches were a common way to intervene and repair damaged garments.
Over time, this tradition became an opportunity to transmit knowledge from one generation to another, and a space to reinforce the bond between grandmother, mother, and daughter.
Mexico presents the Tenango, a style of embroidery originating in the municipality of Tenango de Doria, in the state of Hidalgo.
Finally, Peru exhibits embroidery from the Colca Valley-Arequipa -Peruvian Andean territory, located between 2,300 and 4,200 meters above sea level-, using the machine embroidery technique, known as "maquinasqa".
The iconography in its fabrics, using alpaca fiber, is evidence of the richness and color of the Andean world, using a unique weaving technique in the region. Mr. Donato Ventura, President of the Association of Embroiderers of the Colca-Arequipa Valley, along with his artisans and artisans has more than 24 years of experience embroidering with the "maquinasqa" technique. The renowned Peruvian fashion designer José Miguel Valdivia participates in the exhibition, who is inspired by the embroidery of the Colca Valley to create haute couture designs, showing Peru on the main catwalks in the world.
We hope you enjoy the work and quality of the products of artists and craftswomen from the four countries, their relationship with the alliance and with the culture of each country.
In July, August, September and October, workshops will be held with the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, where you will be able to learn about the history, the creative processes, and techniques of the artists for the realization of the manufactures presented in the exhibition.

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