A Modern Twist On Mexican Tradition Hits The Runway

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NPR story


June 28, 2014
“In a small shed in Tenancingo, Mexico, partly open to the sky, about a half-dozen men stand behind huge wooden looms. They pedal side-by-side, their churning feet making a beautiful harmony as they craft handmade rebozos.Rebozos, long rectangular shawls that came into style in Mexico in the 16th century, and thehuipil, a woven and embroidered blouse or dress of pre-Columbian origin, are the main elements of Mexican traditional dress.Today rebozos and huipiles bridge the past and future of Mexican garments. They’re being reinterpreted by designers like Carla Fernández, who takes these handmade textiles and manipulates them into something contemporary.”


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