Carla Fernández in collaboration with Taller Flora and Pascuala Sánchez | Square Chamula Coat, 2014 part of the Estridentistas collection | Wool handwoven in a waistloom, dyed with mud
Carla Fernández
Carla Fernández in collaboration with Taller Flora and Pascuala Sánchez | Square Chamula Coat, 2008 part of the Casa Barragan Collection | Wool handwoven in a waistloom
Carla Fernández
Carla Fernández in collaboration with Taller Flora and Pascuala Sánchez | Barragan, 2008 selections from the Casa Barragan Collection | Wool handwoven in a waistloom
Carla Fernández
Carla Fernández

Carla Fernández

in collaboration with Taller Flora and Pascuala Sánchez

Born in Coahuila, Mexico, 1973; lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico

My hometown is very close to Laredo, Texas, and like my mother and many others in northern Mexico, I shopped at malls or Salvation Army stores across the border in the United States. My father was the director of museums at the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, and we traveled all over Mexico. I spent hours looking at the clothes worn by the local people and would buy similar clothes, when I could find them, at the outdoor markets, incorporating them into my regular wardrobe. Indigenous people continue to follow the same design traditions that existed in precolonial America: using squares, lozenges, and rectangles. Their geometric designs connected my two areas of study—fashion design and art history, especially the work of artists from Constructivist and Futurist avant-garde movements. Through this lens I discovered indigenous dressmaking, studying it not as a “primitive” object, but in terms of artistry and process. My dream of working with indigenous communities came true when I was asked to teach dressmaking at traveling craft-design schools in a program launched by the Institute of Folk Cultures of Mexico’s Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (National Council for Culture and Arts), known as Conaculta. That same year, I opened my own fashion design workshop, Taller Flora, to develop designs based on my research.

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