Cecilia Bautista Caballero
5 de Mayo #6
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.