The documentary "Tlakimilolli: Voices from the Loom" deals with the traditional knowledge of spinning, waist loom weaving and its weavers, in the Sierra de Zongolica, Veracruz. This project is the first short film shot entirely in the Nahuatl language in the regionwith Spanish subtitles. It should be noted that the project was fully financed by the National Fund for Culture and the Arts, of the Ministry of Culture, through the Programme for the Promotion of Cultural Projects and Co-investments, number 31.
This project was developed in the Sierra de Zongolica, an indigenous Nahuatl-speaking region located in the central zone of the state of Veracruz, which subsists in conditions of marginalization and poverty. Here, waist weaving has played a central role in community life, ritual and identity since pre-Cortesian times. This work is mainly carried out by women and uses local sheep's wool and natural dyes obtained from the forest.
The whole process is done by hand, from obtaining the fleeces to making the clothes. At present, textile art is experiencing a very serious crisis caused by low profitability and limited artisanal trade, compounded by ethnic discrimination and the indication that indigenous women are victims of their class, gender and ethnicity. Likewise, the progressive destruction of the forest from which the raw materials are obtained, as well as the increasing migration of people who no longer teach the Nahuatl language or culture to their sons and daughters, further obscures the panorama of indigenous art. In response to this loss of knowledge which, according to some researchers such as Marta Turok, could lead to the total disappearance of artisanal practices in the next generationIn the context of this project, we proposed to FONCA the production of a short film in the cold zone of the Sierra de Zongolica, Veracruz, which records the mythical and empirical knowledge of textile art, as well as the experiences of 27 creators. The proposal included the realization of field trips that were developed intermittently during four of the eight months of the project. In this sense, in addition to the filming, a photographic recording and an audio recording were made inNahuatl, with interviews with 11 adult women from the municipalities of Tlaquilpa, Atlahuilco, Tequila, Soledad Atzompa, San Juan Texhuacan and Mixtla de AltamiranoThe municipalities that comprise the cold zone of the Sierra de Zongolica, also known as "Tlasesekya".
Now you can watch the documentary TLAKIMILOLLI: Voces del Telar (English/Spanish subtitles) here.