Rodrigo Hernandez and Family
Mitla, Oaxaca, Mexico
Textile artisan Rodrigo Hernandez and his family weave cotton scarves on fly-shuttle looms from their home in Mitla, Oaxaca. This region of Mexico has been known for their high quality textile production since pre-Hispanic times. These weavers are also skilled at using natural materials to dye the fiber. The yellow scarves featured here get their beautiful hue from a wild plant called Pericon, a type of chamomile.
UW STUDENT INVOLVEMENT
Students involved with UW’s student organization, Wisconsin Without Borders Marketplace discovered the Hernandez family’s work in 2014 with an introduction from Design Studies professor, Carolyn Kallenborn. Carolyn has researched and collaborated with several of the weavers in this area for over ten years. Their skills as both master craftspeople and business entrepreneurs allow them to be a model for the other artisan groups we work with who have less experience creating and selling their crafts.
In summer 2015, graduate student Carolyn Jenkinson spent the summer as an intern working at the renowned Textile Museum of Oaxaca, and learning about the enduring weaving techniques for which this region is famous.