The rebozo (shawl) is a garment that is associated traditional dress in Mexico. There are many types of rebozo, cotton, rayon, wool, silk and all sorts of other blends of material. This short video show only part of the rebozo process from two towns,Moroleon Guanajuato and Chilapa, Guerrero, Mexico. The Ikat process of tying the thread and dieing them to form designs is very involved and takes a long time. The rebozos from Moroleon are made from rayon and those from Chilapa are cotton. Unfortunately the rebozo weavers of Chilapa are almost extinct, on my last visit to the town I heard that maybe 1 person was still weaving.
My project is to document the indigenous textiles of Mexico. To do this I travel to remote indigenous villages to photo and film the traditional textiles and festivals over 650 are now documented. There are over 60 different languages spoken in Mexico and I try to document all that I can reach. My home base is Mexico City. This films are part of the documentation project which is presented as a web museum at www.mexicantextiles.com . The indigenous cultures of Mexico will be brought to you in short but interesting video clips and on my blib.tv blog. Thanks for you interest. bob Freund