Praise to Mexico’s Frida Kahlo in Oaxacan Handiwork
The serious specialties industry in Oaxaca, Mexico, has another work of art to rival barro negro and alebrijes, and maybe more fundamentally the carefully assembled brightly painted mud models of the Aguilar sisters of Ocotlán. Las hermanas Aguilar have a longstanding custom of forming figures speaking to ladies in Oaxacan provincial attire. In any case, include the picture of acclaimed Mexican craftsman Frida Kahlo to the blend, and make dolls out of fabric instead of earth, and you have Friduskas.
La Casita Azul Grupo Friduskas Casa Taller de Tradiciones (Friduskas) is a little scale make undertaking claimed and worked by transplanted Veracruzana creator – craftsman Dolores Leycegui. In her workshop only outside of the town of Arrazola, close to the city of Oaxaca, Leycegui makes, hand weaves and paints material dolls in an assortment of sizes, each with the uni-temples facial element of Frida Kahla. Also, when she makes male figures, they obviously have a resemblance to Diego Rivera. In the two cases dress is consistent with neighborhood custom, in this way entirely illustrative of the district (and period) which Leycegui looks to depict in her masterfulness. The validness is noteworthy.
The multi-gifted Leycegui started sewing at ten years old. She clarifies:
“I knew since the beginning that I’d end up with a lifelong utilizing my hands, particularly sewing and weaving. For around 30 years I’ve been making weaved fabric dolls, and for as far back as 18 years I’ve have had my own business; at first in Veracruz, in this manner in Chiapas and Michoacan, and now here in Oaxaca. I intend to remain in Oaxaca for an amazing remainder. The state is so animating for me; at any rate sixteen particular indigenous societies, each with various dress; and there have been such a significant number of changes over the ages and the hundreds of years in the attire styles of both local gatherings and the Spanish.”
Undoubtedly, with just two years of living arrangement in Oaxaca under her band, Leycegui has just started to additionally tap her inventive energies. Her first assortment of dolls exemplified the dress of the eight locales of the state. It’s her underlying, normally still best – selling arrangement. Anyway she’s all the more as of late started dealing with an arrangement of outfits usually worn by the ladies of African – Mexican culture living in the Costa Chica of Oaxaca, close to its fringe with Guerrero; and on an assortment from the Porfiriato (1867 – 1911), the period of Mexican president Porfirio Díaz. “For a considerable length of time to come I’ll have the motivation surrounding me,” she clarifies, “to create dolls dependent on the various structures of dress of this one state alone. I travel around the distinctive social, climatic and physical areas, and meet with and gain from the individuals; and obviously I additionally read and take a gander at photos and drawings of how individuals of both indigenous and foreigner roots used to dress. Much the same as we’ve changed the manner in which we dress throughout the years, so have a large number of the people groups whose predecessors landed in Mexico a great many years back.”
Notwithstanding her doll assortments, Leycegui likewise makes wood and texture puppets, regularly with the pictures of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, some in local dress, and others with various symbolism, for example, Día de los Muertos (day of the dead). Her ability expands significantly further. Similarly as a leisure activity, the gatherer of vintage sewing machines makes her own machines from dirt, papier maché, texture, and even by utilizing reused materials, exemplified by the little made utilizing a plastic container top as its base. “The bodies for this pair of dolls are produced using plastic soft drink bottles,” she unveils proudly while uncovering their empty undersides.”
Virutally every last bit of her thoughts rise up out of the most profound openings of her spirit, at the beginning as dream disclosures. She accepts that hers is a pre-appointed crucial. She thanks god every day for setting her on a specific way of constant innovativeness.
Be that as it may, the originator of Friduskas satisfies yet a further calling, one progressed through common not otherworldly help. Leycegui’s workshop is governmentally supported by FONAES (Fondo Nacional de Apoyo standard las Empresas en Solidaridad), a part of Mexico’s Secretary of the Economy. One of its missions is to help little rustic organizations in their endeavors to help indicated parts of the masses in self – assurance.
In her own workshop Leycegui conducts classes for the nearby populace and for urban Oaxacans, just as for vacationers to the locale, in both making dolls and as a vital piece of weaving. She has begat the expression “bordaterapia,” (weave – treatment) which she clarifies as unwinding and improvement through the imaginative specialty of weaving.
Through the sponsorship of downtown Oaxaca’s Casa de la Cultura (place of culture) she educates a course known as Bordando Jugando y Rescatando (weaving, playing and protecting). The push of the venture is to safeguard the craft of making customary, territorially based hand – weaved items including, obviously, dolls.
Be that as it may, similarly as critically, she educates Oaxacans of very unobtrusive methods, those with uncommon needs, and single parents, fragments of society regularly overlooked or permitted to flounder in issues frequently coming about because of conditions outside their ability to control.
Leycegui’s work with these less lucky individuals from Mexican culture started quite a while back, preceding the introduction of her own unique needs kid. Sebastián is the most youthful of her four kids. He has Downs Disorder. “He’s the most wonderful individual I know,” she glimmers, at that point proceeds. “Indeed, it was a turn of destiny that I brought forth a youngster with a condition I had just devoted my life to aiding through giving these classes. This workshop in now for Sebastián, and through it I’m preparing him to be a craftsman, to act naturally – adequate.”
Sebastián is representative of however one class of recipient of Leycegui’s masterfulness. Others incorporate vacationers to Oaxaca needing to bring home a beautiful, 100% handmade keepsake of Mexican indigenous societies; authorities of ethnic dolls of the world; and guests to Oaxaca keen on charging a custom bit of Mexican society workmanship, with the substance of Frida, Diego, or maybe dependent on their own self – picture.