The Creativity and Color of Mexican Hands
By Sandra Ríos
Hands of Mexican women, natives of San Miguel de Allende, create with imagination and color. Their pieces include aprons, bags, dresses, shirts, baby clothes, and more. They use fabrics full of fun in original designs, inspired by Mexican cultural icons like Frida Kalo, La Virgen de Guadalupe, Día de Muertos, and even chiles, hearts, Mexican games, and everything that has to do with the traditions of Mexico.
Approximately 20 seamstresses work from home for extra money, thus covering family expenses while they are caring for their young children. Led by Patrice Wynne, they make a great team. Wynne is the owner of the Abrazos shop, a branch of San Miguel Designs, a small company that creates these colorful and original prints. Wynne, originally from California, has been living in San Miguel de Allende for 14 years. Established in her home and business, she is passionate about Mexican culture, so she decided to create these products for everyday life. This is a business that has been a success, having as its main customers Mexicans who appreciate the quality and contemporary Mexican design of her fabrics. Currently this company exports its products and fabrics to countries like the United States, France, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Lebanon, and even Japan. The business also has its products in stores and in museums, such as the Museum of Popular Art, the Mexican Museum of Design, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, and the Museum of Objects in the City of Mexico. Zacateros 24, Centro. 154 8580.