This love story is related to the Fashion Revolution Movement. I was thinking about telling a story about something special in my wardrobe, but after visiting Museo de los Yaquis (Yaquis´Museum) in Cócorit, Sonora I learned a lot of things about this tribe´s culture that I feel it is important to share.
Yaquis are divided in eight groups surrounding Obregón City, the most important village is called Vicam, but they all share the same values and traditions. Through history, Yaquis are known to be an agressive community with few contact with government and the rest of society. They live by their own rules and have a strong relation with nature to the point of not wanting anykind of infrastructure in their villages.
In 1920´s Yaquis were displaced from their homes in Sonora and sent to the other side of the country in the south with the Mayan community. There, both Mayan and Yaquis tribes made a cultural exchange and learned from each other. Among those things, women learned how to make embroidery clothing and a few years later, after p
olitical disputes, they were able to take this knowledge back to Sonora into asigned lands just for them.
Since then, women keep making their own clothes with Mayan antecents, but what makes this tradition even more special is that they have respect about property and since that craftwork is not theirs and they acquired it from others, their dresses are covered with an extra layer (translucid long skirt) to disguise the needlework.
For them, not showing entirely something is like saying: “Yes, this is a beautifull dress
that I want you to admire, but I can´t show you the whole piece because is not my own invention, I share credit.”
For me this was the most #whomademyclothes thing I have heard about. I mean, they are not making money out of what they adopted from other culture, nevertheless they are aware that their host partners must have some recognition about their traditions. On the other hand, international brands won´t even pay for copying and selling their ideas like Pineda Covalín that steals their intellectual property by taking pictures of the textiles and making a faster reproduction (that´s why in some places is forbiden to take pictures).