In June 2017 at the annual meeting of Weave a Real Peace in Oaxaca, Mexico, Claudia Pérez Pérez of Tsobol Antsetik offered the following words about how she feels when women from other countries wear the traditional blouse of women in her township, San Pedro Chenalhó.
“For us, we feel very comfortable when we see a foreigner wearing our blouse. We think that she isn’t an egotistic woman, that she doesn’t feel that she is better than us. I feel very happy to see that she also wears it on her body, that she has a good heart for us. We think that she is a good person, that she honors us, that she has great caring for us, that she gives us a lot of support.”
“A nosotras nos sentimos muy comodas cuando una extranjera pone nuestra blusa. Pensamos que ella no es una mujer egoista, o sea que no se siente tan alta como a nosotras. Me siento muy contenta a ver que ya tiene en su cuerpo tambien, como que tiene un corazon para nosotras. Pensamos que es buena gente, que tiene un gran honradez a nosotras, un gran cariño a nosotras, y un gran apoya para nosotras.”
To see “A Maya Celebration,” a 20 minute film of the inauguration of Snail Jolobetik on the internet go to: https://vimeo.com/176198628 and type in the password: “ChiapasApril2016”. The filmmaker is Janet Darrow of Weaving for Justice.
“Maya Faces in a Smoking Mirror” is a full-length documentary featuring eight young Maya men and women, two of whom are weavers in Tsobol Antsetik, one of the co-ops Weaving for Justice assists. The film is produced by Bill Jungels and Christine Eber, founding member of Weaving for Justice. See a trailer and ordering information at www.mayafaces.com or www.carasmayas.net