Written by Maria Luisa Santiago. Translation and introduction by Hannah Aronowitz.
A couple months ago on a visit to Teotitlan del Valle, one of the MZ artisans Maria Luisa slipped a folded piece of notebook paper discreetly into my hand, so her mother who was preparing food on the other side of the patio would not see.
Completely unbidden she had written, in a beautiful sloping script, what is essentially an ode to her mother Gloria. Gloria is the matriarch of the Santiago family, and can count no less than 10 children who work with MZ. I'm not quite sure where we would be without her!
Maria Luisa asked me if I would consider publishing her note on the MZ Blog, as a surprise for her mother. It's my honor to translate her words and share this message of love and legacy with you.
One of the most special bags in the MZ collection is the "Gloria." The name of this bag is in honor of my mother, Gloria, as well as all the artisan mothers who transmit their love through their weaving.
Gloria's story is translated through each one of our weaving, of our bags, and it's the story of all the artisan mothers of past generations. We are artisan weavers thanks to them. It's what they always dreamed of, and now it's become reality.
They gave us the most invaluable knowledge, that you cannot learn just with the eyes, or with the hands. It takes heart. This is the heritage of my mother, passed from one generation to the next. We've done it!
Now it's our commitment as artisan mothers to give future generations the best we have to offer. We are the daughters of the great generations of Zapotecs, who never disappeared because they live in each design, in the threads and colors of our weaving.
Thanks to the great team at MZ for supporting the dream of Zapotec artisan mothers. Thanks to all the those who support this great project through buying our bags. Thanks for carrying so close to your heart my "Gloria" tote ... and from the bottom of my heart, thank you to my mother for being the inspiration.
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