In 1941 Eleanor Coen became the first woman to win the James Nelson Raymond Traveling Fellowship in painting at the school of the Art Institute of Chicago.
She chose to go to Mexico rather than Europe, the traditional choice prior to that time, because of the atmosphere in Europe, pre WW II.
Eleanor Coen's work in Mexico included a fresco mural in San Miguel de Allende at the Escuela Universitaria de Bellas Arts, which is now a national monument. At that time her work was influenced by Clement Orozco, although her mural's subject matter, women washing at a river with children was clearly from a woman's point of view.
Without knowing the history of this mural I stood and studied it for a long time on one of my visits here...
As a result it became the subject of one of my quilts.
My own small part of Mexico and San Miguel Allende, a thread painting of the image.
Oh dear. Last night, I went to bed, re-read the blog on the Ipad and realised that I hadn't written in what a huilpil is.
"A huipil is an embroidered blouse worn by indigenous women in southern Mexico and much of Central America. The blouses are particular to individual communities and are worn for special occasions. Additionally, the huipiles are sold as folk art and are quite popular."
You can purchase them in many stores here and sadly many of them are cut up to make bags...
But of course it's not just Huipiles that we were talking about yesterday, the women wear the most beautiful embroidered outer garments and scarves.... some of which I've collected before...
Each region has their own style of dress. You don't see it too much in the cities now, but in the countryside the garments are favored over western dress.
We will be purchasing some of these amazing embroideries as textile decorations in the hotel.
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Carolyn Foley I am a high school Heath & Design Technology teacher, married with three children, all young adults.
Di Mill I am a Freelance Textile and Craft Representative with 2 children. I travel the state of Queensland, Australia, selling patchwork, quilting and craft supplies to retailers withing the industry.