Helen Lucero

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Weaving has been an ongoing traditional folk art in northern New Mexico for hundreds of years. There are currently about 200-250 Hispanic weavers in the area. Although these weavers are carrying on a centuries-old tradition, no two weave exactly alike or have the same experiences to relate regarding their weaving. In an effort to present an introduction to contemporary Hispanic weavers and their lives, three families have been studied and documented: the Ortegas of Chimayo, the Trujillos of Chimayo, and the Martinez of Medanales. These three families have been singled out because they reflect different facets of Hispanic weaving: commercialism, innovation, and inter-generational continuity. However, in many ways these families are more alike than different. All live in rural northern New Mexico as members of large. extended families. All can trace their weaving heritage back through several generations. All create unique and beautiful weavings inspired by the weaving designs of their ancestors. And all deal in trade in textiles, especially to tourists. The connecting thread throughout the lives of the Ortegas, Trujillos, and Martinez is one of Hispanic roots and yards upon yards of yarn. The very fabric of Hispanic life is exemplified by these three families--a distinctive fabric of strong, colorful and beautiful patterns--a fabric which endures through their many weavings and through their commitment to a creative way of life. Published in UNM Press book entitled ""Nuevomexicano Cultural Legacy: Forms, Agencies and Discourse.


Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Scholars Program


Southwest Hispanic Research Institute; Grant provided by The Rockefeller Foundation.


SW Hispanic Research Institute