SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico (Reuters) – Indigenous weaver and stylist Alberto Lopez knew he wanted to be a traditional weaver from the start, but there was a problem: the artisans who worked on his village looms in the green mountains of southern Mexico It was all women.
Indifferently, López, a Tzotzil Maya, convinced his mother to let him get away from the corn fields – the place expected for men like him – and embrace his passion for making traditional embroidered blouses known as huipils and other garments.
"I am doing what I want to do, representing my people and especially my co-workers," the 31-year-old told Reuters.
Later this month, Lopez will exhibit his art at a conference at Harvard University and then at a parade that celebrates indigenous style in New York on the eve of Fashion Week, where designers like Tom Ford and Vera Wang promote their new lines. .
A world away in San Cristobal de las Casas, a beautiful colonial city famous for its indigenous Mayan culture, Lopez makes handmade huipils with cotton or wool threads and natural pigments to create colorful patterns.
"Everywhere you leave your mark, you leave your soul," he said.
He explains that huipils, traditionally for women, but who also like to use, can take up to a year to be manufactured and require meticulous attention to detail.
The job may also require a type of dialogue. ”Sometimes I talk to my topics. I feel like the thread also feels what you're doing, "he said.
With a knowing smile, he adds that he does this when there is no one else around, especially when the discussion is being difficult.
“I say:‘ Ay, why do you do that? Why do you fight?
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Lopez attributed his invitations to the United States to a viral video from a German documentary last year and said he had to work hard to get a passport and visa to make the trip.
"I will explain the worldview behind each piece," he said proudly.
Named after his store, Lopez's collection of huipils, K & # 39; uxul Pok, will be displayed at the "American Indian Fashion Through the Feathers" show in New York on February 2, days after he spoke at a theme-themed conference. Mexico at Harvard.
Report by Jose Cortes; Written by David Alire Garcia Editing by Sonya Hepinstall
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