María Luisa won honorable mention in FOFA’s 2009 young artists’ competition with her tapestry “Woman Making Tejate,” an homage to her grandmother inspired by a family picture. In the past the women of Teotitlán del Valle did the domestic work, while men made the beautiful rugs for which this pueblo is renowned. María Luisa hopes that people will appreciate this rug, dominated by reds and browns, since it was made not only with woolen thread but also with a great deal of faith and dedication. The process of creating a tapestry is long and labor-intensive. Through her work the young weaver hopes to transmit and preserve her culture.