hilos de colores
These pictures were taken in Coyoacán neighborhood, one of the places that I cherish because of the memories I have from when I was a teenager. This church, called “Iglesia de la Concepción” or “Iglesia de la Conchita”, was originally built over a Toltec altar in the XVI century. It is one of the first churches ever built in Mexico.
We decided to take the pictures of this “Mantón” here, because this special piece of silk was hand made almost two centuries ago. I discovered through my mexican friend and designer Lydia Lavin, that collects unique pieces and has made research in mexican textiles for almost 30 years. As she explained, the work of sewing this piece is equivalent to 6 months of work, and it is all made with silk threads.
I am proud to present these photos, as I really believe that places and pieces like this should be embraced and internalized as heritage. It gives me a better sight of understanding the place that I come from.
Photography by Ruy Sanchez