Traditional Mazahua Hand-Embroidered Navy Blue Poncho with Salmon Motifs


Angelina Segundo Remigio

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Angelina Segundo Remigio, native of San Felipe del Rincón, State of Mexico, is a leader in her community who along 9 more artisan women embroider everyday to sell their products in the markets. San Felipe del Rincón is located in the north-northwest of the State of Mexico, and it is a recently created municipality where the humility and hospitality of its people radiates, and where its woods are used as shelter for the Monarch butterfly. It is a Mazahua community where the figures linked to their religious practices and social organization where they perform activities for the community welfare stand out. One way to preserve their cultural expressions is through their arts and crafts that reflect besides anything else their way to dress using embroidered clothing with animal or floral motifs and skirts in strong colors. The word “mazahua” comes from the nahua language that means “people of the deer”. The roots of the Mazahua culture come from the racial and cultural combination of the Toltec - chichimeca settlements. For Angelina, selling her products through is like a “miracle”, because for her it is impossible to travel to the big cities to do so, because she has to take care of her family, reason why she only visits near towns and depends on the tourism. This is a navy blue cape with pink tones and green hand embroidered Mazahua floral motifs. Made of yarn.

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Angelina Segundo Remigio

Angelina is a leader in her community, San Felipe del Rincon in the state of Mexico, and is now getting micro-loans in order to buy the wool in bulk. Angelina along with other 9 women embroider every day and sell their products in markets around their area. For Angelina, being able to sell her products through is a “miracle” as she cannot afford to go to the big cities to sell them, because she has to take care of her family, therefore, she depends on tourists that visit the small towns close to where she lives to be able to sell her products. One day her son told her -“Mom, my shoes have a hole so I cannot walk all the way to school”. She was deeply saddened and told him -“Go to school and don’t be ashamed, I will walk the streets until I sell one of my products and I promise I will buy you shoes” And so she did! -“It takes me a month to be able to make a bed cover but now my children also help me”.