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Cecilia Bautista Caballero
Mexico's Famous Indigo Feathered Rebozos (shawl)

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This artisan’s page is part of the Feria Maestros del Arte website, a non-profit organization providing a yearly venue for Mexican folk artisans to come together to sell their work. If you wish to purchase the artisan's work other than at the Feria, you MUST contact them directly.

5 de Mayo #6
Ahuiran, Michoacán
452 521 9019
ciapcim@michoacan.gob.mx

Born in 1939, Cecilia is a proud descendant of the indigenous Purépecha people from Ahuiran, Michoacán a village on the Tarascan plateau near Uruapan.

For generations the women of this community have woven the classic indigo rebozos with black and light blue pin-stripes that women wear in various communities. She learned the art of back-strap loom weaving, or patakua in Purépecha, and dyeing from her mother, beginning her apprenticeship at age 8, and dominates all the facets of the process, including the knotted fringes that have rayon silk added on with various designs used as ceremonial shawls in Ahuiran and neighboring Tarecuato.

Cecilia is proud of the fact that she was the first weaver to experiment placing real feathers on the fringes 22 years ago, an idea that came to her when she found out about feather work among the pre-Hispanic Purépecha (or Tarascans). Other innovations include combining cotton with rayon-silk stripes for the body of the rebozos.

She has won three “Special” awards, one at a National Contest in FONART and two at Domingo de Ramos in Uruapan. She also placed First at the Day of the Dead in Pátzcuaro. Fomento Cultural Banamex honored her with a "Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art" Distinction.

Her five daughters also weave and together with her son, work on fringes including an innovation of placing glass-beads in the knotted surface.

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