July 22, 2015
Please join us for a celebration of LA FRONTERA, a fair trade store in Las Cruces.
Friday, July 24TH, 5-7 p.m. , Nopalitos Galería, 326 S. Mesquite St., Las Cruces, NM
The store is a collaboration between Weaving for Justice and four women’s artisan groups on the border—Creaciones Yuca (Chaparral, NM), Centro Santa Catalina (Juárez, Mexico), Guerrilla Prayer Flags (Juárez), and Palomas Oilcloth Designs (Palomas, Mexico.) The store is open Fridays 4-7, and Saturdays and Sundays 12-5 p.m. through August, 2015. On the 24th we’ll have music, refreshments and presentations by members of the artisan groups from 5:20-6 p.m. If you have a huipil (blouse) made by a woman weaver of Chiapas please wear it to the celebration. Around 6 p.m. we’ll take a group photo that we’ll share with the weavers in Chiapas and post on our Facebook page (Weaving for Justice) and on our website (www.weaving-for-justice.org) Perhaps you wear huipiles not only because they are beautiful, but also to show solidarity with the people of Mexico. In an essay she wrote in 2007, Sandra Cisneros expressed her motivations for wearing huipiles:
“I wear this textile as a way for me to resist the mexi-phobia going on under the guise of Homeland Security. To acknowledge I am not in agreement with the Minute Men. To say I am of Las Americas, both North and South. A bridge and not a wall against forgetting. This cloth is the flag of who I am.”