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The collaboration project with the weavers and embroiderers of Tlaquipa, Atlahuilco and Tequila, villages in the Sierra de Zongolica, Veracruzs research, which began in 2010 as part of Belinda Contreras Jaimesa graduate of the Master in Tropical Ecology at the Universidad Veracruzana, and Miguel Ángel Sosme CamposHe is a graduate of this university with a degree in Social Anthropology.

Both students wrote their theses on the weavers, the textile process, the natural resources and the gender relations implicit in waist weaving. The book "Tejedoras de Esperanza. Empoderamiento en los grupos artesanales de la Sierra de Zongolica", written by Miguel Ángel, was the result of this work. This work has been awarded in Mexico by the National Institute of Women and the National Institute of Anthropology.

Subsequently, collaborative projects were strengthened with the project "Community Forest Management and Preservation in Central Mexico: Building Links, Networks and Skills", coordinated by Dr. Citlalli López Binnqüist, a leading academic working in the field of folk art. Dr. Citlalli López Binnqüist, an important academic working in the field of popular art. From that moment on, Dr. Citlalli, Belinda and Binnqüist have been working together on the project. Citlalli, Belinda and Miguel have promoted initiatives aimed at the revitalization of traditional knowledge, especially that of textiles. These efforts were the origin of the children's storybook "Textiles of the Tlasesekya"This booklet was written by local children and distributed free of charge with the aim of awakening in the indigenous children of the region, the love and taste for textile art.

These actions have been reinforced by the creation of spaces for the promotion and sale of textiles, taking the art of the region to various universities and cultural forums in Mexico, among which we can count the National Museum of Anthropology of Mexicothe annual Festival of Textiles and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

At the moment, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Government of Mexico, the team composed by Drs. Citlalli, Belinda and Miguel, is working on the production of a short film that aims to bring the textile art of the Sierra to wider sectors. Similarly, management programmes to market the handicraft production at fair prices are being carried out, both inside and outside the country, and an exhibition of the work of embroiderers from Zongolica will be held in Museum of Anthropology of Xalapa, Veracruz.

Written by: Miguel Angel Sosme Campos

Translated by: Adrian Enciso V.

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