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"I am having the best experience working in Mexico City , all the designers here are really great and everybody is really warm. I really believe in textiles and craft in fashion and creating something that sustains history yet is made into something new. In London I work with Dashing Tweeds-total dream fabric, and in Mexico I work literally with the workshop of Snr Hermillo as they thread up the looms and Snr Salvador who is in fact a cowboy who runs the tradition of suede embroideries and silver accessories. I love the religious cultues here I am loving the colourful goth mix of Catholic and pre-Hispanic." said Erin Lewis.
British and Mexican tailoring incorporate the traditional embroidery of the staple of Mexican masculinity, the intricate hand painted rebozo scarff and the unique woven hair of Chamula. Inspired by the Charros – or 'Mexican cowboys' and the Adelita girls of the Mexican revolutionthere is a tension between the historical strength of the textiles and their delicate intricacy.
Charro suede embroideries depict feathered warriors and shoot-outs incorporating traditional patterns, all of which are hand cut.
Traditionally the rebozo scarf is a practical textile. The intricate hand painted threads then woven pattern have been captured in strong tailored forms.