TLAKIMILOLLI: Voices of the loom
The documentary “Tlakimilolli: Voices of the Loom” deals with the traditional knowledge of spinning, weaving in loom at the waist and its weavers, in the Sierra de Zongolica, Veracruz. This project is the first short film entirely in the Nahuatl language of the region, with Spanish subtitles. It should be noted that the project was fully funded by the National Fund for Culture and the Arts, 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 area of the state of Veracruz, which remains under conditions of marginalization and poverty. here, weaving to the waist plays, since the pre-Cortésienne era, a central role in community life, ritual and identity. This work is mainly carried out by women and uses local sheep wool and natural dyes obtained from the forest.
the whole process is done by hand, as soon as the fleeces are made in the garment making. Currently, Textile art is experiencing a very serious crisis caused by low profitability and limited artisanal trade, aggravated by ethnic discrimination and the indication that indigenous women are victims of their class, gender and Their ethnic affiliation. Similarly, the gradual 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 obscure 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 generation, we proposed to the execution 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 completion of field trips that were developed intermittently for four of the eight months of the project. In this sense, in addition to the shooting, a photographic recording and audio recording were made EnNahuatl, with interviews of 11 adult women from the municipalities of Tlaquilpa, Atlahuilco, Tequila, Soledad Atzompa, San Juan Texhuacan and Mixtla of Altamirano, municipalities which include the cold zone of the Sierra de Zongolica, also known as “Tlasesekya”.
Now you can watch the documental TLAKIMILOLLI: Voices of the loom (ENG/SPA) here.