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How to protect the cultural identity of Indigenous Fashion?.

Janet Córdova Vázquez, is anartisan, photographer and....

The indigenous textil culture and traditions in Tlaxcala Mexico, are reflected in each piece of fabric.

Netzahualcóyotl: Preserving their identity, through sustainable and ethical fashion.

Christian Janet Córdova Vázquez, is an artisan, photographer and activist, she is part of the team that works in “Netzahualcóyotl”. a workshop in the town of Contla in TlaxcalaIts, Mexico.

Which objective is to raise awareness, protect and disseminate the role that textiles has had for the identity culture of central Mexico and protection against cultural appropriation and plagiarism that has occurred in the craft field by outside companies and fashion brands to the communities of the native peoples”.

The Netzahualcoyotl Workshop, has been working since 1898, with weaving and dyeing techniques that date back to the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, passed down through generations in the family.

“The community where we live, Contla de Juan Cuamatzi, Tlaxcala, is an indigenous community and pedal loom weaving has been a men’s job for decades, despite the fact that both genders have always worked together. In the workshop we all weave, we dye with natural dyes, we draw, all the same, all on a par, without distinction of gender”.

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In the workshop, women have broken with the stereotype that was lived for decades“. National Textile Meeting Mexico.

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These machines come from the combination of the traditional box looms of Spain and the ancestral Mexican backstrap loom, which brought with it the weaving process between the 16th and 16th centuries, but which was perfected during the 18th century. This type of art was learned by Ignacio’s grandfather and father, who now seeks to take it to a new level.

Although in the 90s this work was severely affected by textile industrialization, the Tlaxcalteca family did not let this art die.

With pots, stoves, plants, flowers, animals, and minerals, the Nezahualcóyotl family has preserved the wool and cotton dyeing process in the best possible way; colors as impressive as indigo, a blue tone that is only obtained through pre-Hispanic processes, which, having learned from his ancestors, Ignacio now seeks to teach to new generations.

We collaborate with educational and cultural institutions to protect our identity and in turn work with responsible companies with products that are not harmful to the environment. This also means supporting the work and businesses of Indigenous people, leading voices of the climate movements, who comprise 5% of the world’s population yet defend 80% of the planet’s biodiversity.

Photographer: Christian Janet Cordova Vázquez.
Model: Ana Laura Hernandez

Ignacio Netzahualcóyotl

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