Hilaria Zárate Hernández (Oaxaca City)

Hilaria works closely with her daughter, Graciela Morales Zárate.  They produce male figures, female figures in regional costumes (such as Tehuanas and China Oaxaqueñas, and a host of flowers (roses, “alcatrazes,” sunflowers, tulips and bougainvilleas). Hilaria’s favorite pieces are male figures with painted faces and sombreros, while Graciela’s are tulips.

They also produce tortilla baskets, napkin holders, baskets with flowers, Christmas wreaths and reindeer, fans, hats and table decorations. Hilaria is one of many participants in a woman’s cooperative (MARO) in the center of Oaxaca City, where every type of folk art and craft is represented.  Only artisans of outstanding quality are invited to join.  Since this is a celebration of the competence of women, nearly all members are female.


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