Hooked on Folk Art: Las Rancheritas, a Fiber Arts Cooperative
January 12, 2020 5:40 PM   Subscribe

Want to see some beautiful folk art from the central Mexican highlands? Meet Las Rancheritas, a small-scale women's cooperative from the farming village of Agustín González. Its members re-create scenes from the world around them in handmade rugs, purses, and pillows; the project has provided a sustainable stream of income and a creative outlet for these self-taught fiber artists for over a decade. Here's a video of a Las Rancheritas Rug Show in 2008 (YT; display of rugs begins just after the one-minute mark). Sister hookers in the U.S. send regular shipments of wool, and guilds in the U.S. have included rugs from Las Rancheritas in their shows and sales. The cooperative also has its own store, built loop by loop. Enjoy.
posted by MonkeyToes (3 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
 
These are great. I especially like the rugs. I wish it were more clear how to buy them because the nursing donkey and the brownish pig/ dog animal are both calling to me.
posted by Conrad-Casserole at 7:51 AM on January 13


I love these. I really liked the little coin purses someone made from them at one of the U.S. shows. I would buy one of those in a heartbeat.
posted by primalux at 12:17 PM on January 13


Thank you for sharing this. Looking forward to browsing during a break at work this week.
posted by Kitchen Witch at 10:43 PM on January 13


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