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Mujeres Botanicas and the Washington Post

Yesterday, I visited the Cooperative Mujeres Botanicas in San Juan la Laguna. There are many such cooperatives in San Juan, where groups of artisan women work together to create beautiful handmade woven products, often using natural dyes, but this was my first visit to Mujeres Botanicas. They are located down a winding side street, and boast a great variety of traditional products (huipiles and traje) in addition to items popular with tourists (scarves and bags), as well as a small museum.

Of particular note, I had the pleasure of meeting Socorro and Rosario (pictured here) both of whom were recently written about in this Washington Post article. My friend Lynn, who is a frequent visitor of this cooperative, had the article pulled up on her computer, so we were able to show it to these two lovely women and I translated for them the parts about them. They were very pleased, and it is wonderful to see that the weavers of San Juan la Laguna are attracting such attention in the press.

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If everyone had the opportunity to get an education, perhaps they would have a better understanding of our political reality. For example, in indigenous areas, there are more illiterate than literate people, and because of this, they don’t really understand. They don’t understand the sovereignty of the people – that the people grant power to governmental candidates – but they don’t understand that. So I would say we must educate all of the young people, so that they educate their children differently, and that way, we could fix something…Young people can make a change. They are the change.