Even though the COVID is destroying thousands of jobs around the globe, a group craftswomen in Oaxaca, Mexico are ready to reinvent themselves completely. Adaptabilty is vital resource these days!
Weavers in an indigenous community in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic quarantine to make masks from the colorful fabrics they use to embroider their traditional blouses and huipiles (the name given to blouses or decorated dresses).
Mexican authorities prohibited non-essential economic activities during the health contingency. The pedals of the looms of 1,000 families who live from embroidery were left silent. Then, a Zapotec community in the municipality of San Pablo Villa de Mitla decided to turn their handicrafts into essential pieces in the face of the crisis.
The weavers of Oaxaca found a way to reinvent themselves in the face of the impossibility of working during the pandemic.
Their face masks, adorned with colorful embroidery, are friendly to the environment. A couple of weeks ago they decided to adapt to the pandemic and make mouth covers with the same fabrics and colors that Oaxacan women wear in their clothes, which are admired by the tourism that visits Oaxaca.
The production of blouses, huipiles, rebozos, napkins and other garments using ancestral techniques was interrupted on March 23rd when the federal government decreed a health alert by COVID-19, which has already caused 3,353 deaths and 33,460 confirmed infections in the country.