Sold-out fashion show helps bring folk artists to lakeside

Six models lit up the runway to a sold-out crowd at the Feria Maestros del Arte’s 2nd Mexican Fashion Show held Monday, September 28 at Casa del Sol in Ajijic. 

Featured were fashions by Manta del Lago, spectacular handwoven rebozos (shawls) by Cecilia Bautista and the distinctive jewelry of Guadalajara silver artist Gabriela Sanchez. 

Seventy-seven guests paid 200 pesos each to attend the show, thus ensuring sufficient funding to bring four artists from Campeche and the Yucatan to this year’s Feria, scheduled November 13 to 15.

Bautista is a proud descendant of the Purepecha people from Ahuiran, a village on the Tarascan plateau near Uruapan in Michoacan. She has developed many innovative details by combining a variety of materials in weaving and finishing her fine shawls. She delighted the fashion show audience by demonstrating several different ways to tie and wear rebozos.

Sanchez creates jewelry inspired by the richness of Mexico. Her themes include handcrafted toys, plants and trees. She studied design in Guadalajara and Madrid, as well as Taxco, Guerrero, a town universally regarded as Mexico’s silver capital. In addition to receiving many awards for her jewelry, she has displayed her work in the famous Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. 

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