Marcolina Salvador Hidalgo, Chachahuantla, Puebla, Mexico
Marcolina Salvador Hidalgo is the representative for Sihua Tlanzoncame Tlaiquitinime, (women weavers and embroiderers) from Chachahuantla, Puebla, a small village in the mountains of east-central Mexico. She has been practicing traditional crafts of the area since she was a child, working in cut and confection of garments, as well as embroidery. “It is a part of me,” Marcolina said of her work. “It identifies where I am from.”
The group of Chachahuantla artisans focuses on blending “traditional embroidery and new designs with traditional iconographies,” she said. Chachahuantla has two meanings: the place where quartz is abundant and the place where water falls and resounds. The artisans in Chachahuantla first banded together 18 years ago, selling their handmade goods in markets and expos. Six years later, they joined La Red Niu Matat Napawika, a network of more than 3,000 artisans across the entire country of Mexico. In this way, the makers in Chachahuantla were connected with Wondor.
My experience with Wondor has been very important for our community,” Marcolina said, “because it is work that is assured. It’s different than it was before because it’s already confirmed; we do not worry about having to go out and sell.” Marcolina added that her work in traditional crafts helps her to provide for her children— Isabel, Santiago, and Emiliano. “Isabel is in high school,” she said, “and is already learning to embroider.”