Sash - ROM2015_14431_24



Maker: Crispina Navarro Gomez (Mexican weaver b. 1963)
Medium:Cotton with warp patterning
Geography: Santo Tomás Jalieza, State of Oaxaca, Mexico
Date: 2012
210 x 6 cm
Object number: 2014.25.1
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Kircheis Family Endowment Fund
Not on view

Crispina Navarro Gómez (b. 1963)] is a "miniaturist in cloth." Born into a family of Zapotec backstrap weavers, Navarro Gómez began making the traditional waist sashes of her village, Santo Tomás Jalieza, at age eight. Until the 1960s, throughout the Valley of Oaxaca, these sashes held up heavy wrap-around skirts, which are now rarely worn. Instead, Navarro Gómez and her sisters have adapted their weaving and now earn a living by selling bags, belts, and items for the home. They both invent new patterns and reproduce traditional designs, such as birds, animals, and danzantes (dancers with feathered headdresses), by carrying select warp (vertical) threads over and under weft (horizontal) threads.

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