Exhibition of the crafts of the south/southeast

El Sur/Sureste, su materia y su artesanía is the third and last of a series of temporary exhibitions at the Museo de Arte Popular, located near the Alameda Central in Mexico City. The series aims to highlight the connection between Mexico’s biodiversity (one of the greatest in the world) and its variety of handcrafts.

Mapa SE Mexicano (1)

The first two concentrated on the north and center of the country. The definition of “south/southeast” starts not too far south of Mexico City, and in reality overlaps politically with the center of the country, sot the exhibition contains items from states such as Veracruz, Puebla and Guerrero. With two of Mexico’s three main handcraft-producing states, Oaxaca and Chiapas, the south of the country in general is defined by having better preserved many of Mexico’s indigenous heritage. 42% of Mexico’s indigenous population living here on about a quarter of the territory.

Shell mosaic depicting a Veracruz landscape by Eduardo Sanchez


Weaving samples of styles from the Los Altos region of Chiapas by Magdalena and Maria Lopez Lopez  at the exhibition

The region is also home to most of the country’s biodiversity, both because of its tropical nature and that much of it is still very rural with states such as Campeche, Chiapas, Guerrero and Yucatan still 60% or more covered in wild vegetation. The collection and exhibition is a collaborative effort with the Museo de Arte Popular along with FONART, the department of biology of UNAM, several state govenments and environmental groups.

Sea turtle specimin and wood samples from native trees of the region.

The exhibition not only shows exceptional examples of various handcraft traditions, but also exhibits tying their development to local plants and animals, along with the various ethnicities of the region such as the Mayas, Chontals, Zoques, Mixtecs, Zapotecs and more.

Weaving on backstrap loom in Santo Tomas Jalieza, Oaxaca

The most important items on display here are textiles, pottery and wood items, owing to the wide variety of raw materials for these activities.

The exhibition opened on 25 March and continues until 25 June 2017

Continue for photo essay of the exhibition.

Lacandon ceremonial huipil from Chiapas, made of tree bark.
Sheet tin piece “Palmatoria” by  Tirso Juventino Cuevas Velazquez of the city of Oaxaca
Coiled baskets by Gonzalo Rodriguez Jeronimo of Tapotzingo, Nacajuca, Tabasco (not Sonora!)
Fish figures from a local reed called “mutuzay” from Tapijulapa, Tabasco
Crown made from carved bull horn by Martina Nadal Chuc of Campeche
Details of a lacquered gourd by Francisco Coronel of Olinala, Guerrero
Huipil by unknown artisan from the Los Altos region of Chiapas

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