“My name is Balbina Mendoza. I was born in the magical village of Santo Tomas Jalieza Ocotlan in the state of Oaxaca. In this beautiful region breathes the tradition of the backstrap loom, of which I am a caretaker of thanks to my aunts and my mother.
“Since I was three years old, daily work on the backstrap loom has been a discipline that has helped us bring bread to the table. I remember that it was an everyday activity, like cleaning the house. At first it was a game to me, but as my passion and commitment grew, it became a more important part of me. I understood the importance of the beautiful legacy of my family and I wanted to be part of this work.
“What I love the most about my work is the freedom that I have to create combinations of colors, forms, and sizes. I share this knowledge with my young daughter. I value spending time with my family greatly, and they participate in the process of every one of my pieces. I believe that one of my sources of inspiration is my daughter, and sharing time with her and with my family. I greatly value how we talk about changes, colors, and designs that we can make.
“Santo Tomas Jalietza is one of the places in Oaxaca that comprise the Ruta Mágica de las Artesanías (Magical Route of Handicrafts). Our mark is evident in our textiles, with the unique touch that each family transmits. We are a family that has spent more than 30 years working in these textiles that are so characteristic of my country. We wish with all our hearts to share the essence of our traditions with our own details and passion.”