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Rebozos Mexicanos opening reception
March 15 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Mexican “rebozo” (shawl) in particular has become an emblematic piece that emerged as a cultural symbol recognized not only in Mexico but abroad. The rebozo Mexicano materializes a cultural mosaic that is abundantly diverse in techniques, processes, materials, and patterns.
El “rebozo” (mantón) mexicano, en particular, se ha convertido en una pieza emblemática que surgió como un símbolo cultural reconocido no solo en México sino en el extranjero. El rebozo Mexicano materializa un mosaico cultural que es muy diverso en técnicas, procesos, materiales y patrones.
Many communities in Mexico preserve this historic-visual language that is embodied through the looms. The weavers who stay determined to protecting this visual language in the midst of modern competitive neoliberal markets are faced with the challenges of industrial plagiarism, violence, machine produce textiles, and other environmental, and socially damaging production practices.
This exhibition is designed to be a network that interlaces stories, individuals, and weaving communities in Mexico with the Mexican migrant community in the Bay Area. Rebozos Mexicanos is for anyone who can interpret them as a visual medium that speaks of people, time, place, process, and myth.
The collections showcased specify the regions, ethnic groups, artisans, and cooperatives of the rebozos.