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Mexican Fusión Fundraiser 2012

By Silvia Rivera

Each year the Botanical Garden, El Charco del Ingenio, has a fundraiser event for this natural area, which is a popular tourist destination and environmental educational space for our community.

Party: Fusión a la Mexicana To benefit El Charco del Ingenio. Sat, Feb 11, 12-3pm. El Charco del Ingenio. 500 pesos general, 400 pesos members. Tickets @ hotel Posada Corazón, Camino Silverstre & TicketCentro @ La Biblioteca

In 2012 the title is Fusión a la Mexicana and is dedicated to the appreciation of Mexican textiles, the designs and techniques used in making clothes for daily use. The show and sale of clothes, accessories and art objects using original designs based on ancient embroidery techniques – for the most part indigenous – will come from various parts of Mexico.

The projects involved are:

Mezcalinea, Oaxaca is famous for its mezcal, which is the reference for this “line” of clothing, product of the fusion of traditional Oaxacan embroidery with various fabrics and materials to create unique outfits.

Fábrica Social (a clever play on words: though it looks like Social Fabric in English, it actually means Social Factory) An independent nonprofit organization founded in 2006 by designers Emilienne Limón and Dulce Martínez, committed to supporting indigenous women in the development of new products.

Textiles mexicanos de alta costura María Luisa (Maria Luisa High Fashion Mexican Textiles): The collection “Mexico from North to South” integrates all the richness of Mexican textiles and embroidery with modern and contemporary forms.

Puras Chuladas (All Pretty Things) enables us to approach the craftspeople who maintain living traditions from different communities.

Amanoarte (Handmade Art): Creation of clothing with indigenous fusions of past and present, and proposed dressing with art in order to awaken in the woman a reconnection with her origin, valuing, feeling and fusing our roots.

Cítrico (Citrus) is the result of the collaborative work of two designers, who complement each other and fanatically pursue the preservation of traditional Mexican garments, re-interpreting them in an innovative and fun way.

Cooperativa Parákata works with textiles and materials that come from the knowledge, technique and traditions of the ancient people of Mexico. Woven, embroidery, deshilado (a technique of removing strands of cloth to make lace-like patterns), natural dyes, symbols and signs are elements that recur in their work, re-interpreting our origins and our present.

Kuachikkilli in the Nahuatl language, the literal meaning is “combed” or “touched”, referring to the ribbons that decorate any headdress – diadems, headbands, barrettes or flowers – accessories that try to fill spaces and faces with light.

Ichcame Accessories and Mexican woven textiles, the sale of which supports Mexican handiwork as well as contributing to the care of the environment since these accessories are hand-made out of recycled materials.

Ethnika Passionate design and create accessories and sandals with a concept of naturalness for those who seek to be different and original, pure handcrafted bohemian and hippie chic style.

Abrazos (Embraces) Original high-quality products made by hand using fine cotton fabrics printed with iconic images of Mexican culture, created by local seamstresses. This project offers financial support to San Miguel families seeking economic independence and a creative environment for their talents.

Mariposas San Miguel (San Miguel Butterflies) Hand-made products carefully crafted by women of San Antonio de la Joya and Cruz del Palmar, rural communities located on the highway to the city of Guanajuato.

As part of the price of your ticket for this event, you can enjoy traditional Mexican drinks and delicious culinary creations by Patsy Dubois (friend of El Charco and adopted Sanmiguelense). In addition to the sale of clothing and other products, we will have a raffle filled with surprises, pleasantly accompanied by live music.

For more information and ticket sales: Botanical Garden Visitor’s Center, Posada Corazon (Aldama 9), Camino Silvestre (Zacateros 46) and TicketCentro of the La BIblioteca – Public Library (Insurgentes 25).

Enjoy this festive event and at the same time support the cultural and environmental conservation project of El Charco del Ingenio.

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