Carmen & Antonia Vásquez Hernández
To Contact: 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.
4 Calle Poniente Norte
Venustiano Carranza is a Tzotzil mountain village in the Tierra Caliente of Chiapas, at the junction of several ancient roads. The municipality includes Tzotzil village, Venustiano Carranza and Tzeltal village of Aguacatenango. Sugarcane is grown here and the temperature is reflected in the lighter fabric the local women produce and wear. Venustiano is 2-1/2 hours from Tuxtla Gutiérrez and 3-1/2 hours from San Cristóbal de las Casas by way of Teopisca, Agucatenango and Las Rosas.
Carmen, Antonia and Natividad are three sisters still weaving the traditional brocaded fabric. Carmen is the more social of the sisters and sells the fabrics made by her sisters as well as the work of the ten other women from Cooperativa Jolobiletik Jun Ya ´el of which Carmen is the President.
Most women have abandoned Nahua traditions, but do weave the gauze fabric with antique designs. Today, they wear a more modern-type skirt. Carmen and Antonia, however, still weave the traditional brocaded blouses.
Natividad weaves unbelievable fabric — a light chiffon known as "petete." It is transparent and is brocaded. She is very shy and does not go out much, speaks only Tzotzil and does not want to be photographed. Her work is sold in stores and a large rebozo (shawl) for example, may fetch as much as $21,000 pesos.
A new site is under construction on the main road below the town where you can find Carmen and Antonia selling their work and that of the cooperative.