Liliana Pascual Bautista
24 de febrero SN,
Liliana 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 Bautista Caballero is Liliana's _______ and teacher. Cecelia 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 is honored in the landmark book "Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art".