Last Friday (08/07/16) a lovely exhibition opened at the Mexican Embassy on Raglan Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. The Bordados: an Exhibition of Embroidered Textiles from Mexico will run until the 29th of July (Monday-Friday from 10:00-13:00 and from 15:00-18:00). This exhibition is curated by Rebecca Devaney, a graduate of the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. It highlights the beautiful work in textiles being created throughout Mexico nowadays. As you view the colourful embroideries, let your imagination transport you to Mexico where Rebecca travelled over 3,600km by public transport. There, she collected 18 beautiful pieces on view and met the fascinating people who create such intricate designs and who keep that part of their culture alive. Each piece that Rebecca curated tells a different story. The magic, behind each piece, are the people who create, eat, sleep and breathe their craft. She recounts how these incredibly talented Mexican artisans approach their craft and also their respective histories in embroidery.
The craftsmanship is impeccable. You can discover the history of embroidery in Mexico, which is part of an ancient, vibrant, rich culture. It is great to see that traditional embroidery is still going strong and providing a living for many people.
Like the case of language dialects, designs are different in each part of the country, even from areas as little as 10km apart. Rebecca travelled far and wide to collect different designs. Her photos capture the smiles and warmth of the people, taking pride in their work. It is a family affair for most, with children starting to learn their craft from about the age of five to six years old and progressing as they grow into their teenage years.
Rebecca has an incredible talent for describing her journey in a compellingly vivid manner. Her storytelling makes me feel as if I am with her, every step of the way, travelling through Mexico. Rebecca is an inspiration to all of us on account of the determination and enterprise which she brought to this project.
This has certainly strengthened my determination to visit Mexico in the near future.
I would strongly recommend everyone to visit this wonderful, cultural exhibition.