VERÓNICA ESTHER MENDOZA ANTONIO (Santo Tomás Jalieza)

Verónica Esther, a young woman from another of Santo Tomas Jalieza’s outstanding backstrap loom weaving families, won honorable mention in textiles in FOFA’s 2008 young artists competition with “Mini-Sash.” Her specialty is extremely finely woven belts. The piece she entered for competition contains approximately one hundred Zapotecan figures, including turkeys, greca frets, rhomboids, dancers, flowers, dogs, rabbits, and crosses. The cotton threads in this unique piece are finer than those typically used for weaving bags, table runners and lace mats. In addition, the ends of the belt are finished with braids and figures symbolizing men and women.

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