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Knowledge of excellence, the artisans and the rebozodeSanta Maríadel Río, Mexico.

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posted on 2020-05-28, 23:01 authored by Claudia Ramirez MartinezClaudia Ramirez Martinez

The rebozo is a traditional clothe similar to shawls; it implies knotting, tinctured, waving of threads and ending subprocess. Its use is quite popular within all the women in Mexico. Traditional techniques, materials and knowledge of rebozo differ throughout the country, as well as its costs. The artisans from Santa Maria del Rio have one of the most renown rebozo techniques at Mexico, where there are not only rebozo workers, but an amplitude of arts and crafts. This research aims to show how social and economic conditions have affected profoundly the knowledge of rebozo process. Through historical documentation, observation and interviews a community of artisans shows a strong technical knowledge of the preparation of the threads, dyed, knotting, weaving and ending of the rebozo. Artisans were asked about their knowledge by vernacular naming of tools and subparts of the processes of ancestral techniques. Two parts of the process: the tinctured and the ending (empuntado), were especially rich in content; however, it was revealed lacks at the long term knowledge of the handcraft of silk rebozo, paradoxically and for far, the most famous product of rebozos.


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Lead author country

  • Mexico

Lead author job role

  • Practitioner/Professional

Lead author institution

Habitat Faculty, Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi

Human Participants

  • Yes

Ethics statement

Ethical clearance considered in the process of the study. Informed consent gained from participants before conducting interviews. Key informants and Focus groups informed to discuss and speak the truth about what they know issues related with the women’s participation on decision making. The researcher secured identity and confidentiality of the participants.The researcher used code to report the finding from the study. Information of the participants and their identity related to the information they gave are kept.


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