Visit us this Mother’s Day at the VanDusen Botanical Garden BMO Hall. Three artisans from the state of Oaxaca, Mexico have traveled to Vancouver to take part in Crafted Interiors. Here is an opportunity to rendezvous and ask questions, learn, network and come away feeling inspired. This is an up-close, intimate experience with the opportunity to witness the skill and dedication that goes into each artisan’s unique work.
Crispina Navarro Gómez
is from the small town of Santo Tomás Jalieza, Ocotlán, Oaxaca, is a highly skilled weaver who still uses the traditional back strap loom called a telar de cintura or telar de otate.
The technique of using a backstrap loom consists of securing an end of the loom to a tree or post and the other end to the waist of the weaver, maintaining the tension with the weight of the body. This is a pre-Hispanic technique that continues to be used without major changes over the centuries. The complexity of the work that can be created on this loom is limited only by the skill of the weaver, and the entire loom with the weaving in progress can be rolled up at any time and carried from place to place.
José Jorge García
is from Oaxaca city. He works the tradtional silver filigree.
The technique of filigree is one of the jewels of Southeast Mexico’s traditions. This style of jewelry was found in many of the tombs in Monte Alban after the Spanish Conquest. Juan Manuel was the eldest son of his father who was known to be a master of this technique and was brought in to work with him at age 10. Now Juan Manuel’s son, Jose Jorge is a maestro in his own right. Much of this work is created in silver adorned with semi precious stones or espejos (mirrors) which are pounded silver disks and especially difficult to make.
Jacobo Mendoza Ruiz
is from Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca. He makes handmade tapetes (rugs) shuttle loom woolen rugs dyed with natural pigments from cochineal, blue indigo, walnut, pericón, among others.
Jacobo and his family have been making tapetes (rugs) in Teotitlán del Valle, outside Oaxaca City, for generations. His own weavings are inspired by pre-Hispanic buildings as well as contemporary creations.
Jacobo’s work has been recognized in Mexico and abroad. In 2014 he garnered third place in the 2nd National TEXTILES Competition. In the following two years he won first place in the 3rd and 4th National TEXTILES Competition. The recognition comes from his exquisite work using very fine techniques and his use of natural dyes.