“My name is Ignacio Netzahualcoyotl. I was born in Contla de Juan Cuamatzi in the state of Tlaxcala, known for wool textiles. I grew up surrounded by the tradition of dyeing and weaving wool, which has allowed me to reacquaint myself with my past. I consider myself to be a curious person committed to the preservation of textile culture.
“In the world of ancestral traditions, it is common to talk about the legends of the pioneers of these techniques. There is a beautiful legend that my father tells me about where our last name came from: According to my grandparents and my father, we are descended from Netzahualcoyotl, and we can see this in the registers of the Historic Archive. When Netzahualcoyotl ran away from Texcoco, he spent some time exiled in Tlaxcala. Being a well-known noble, the locals flattered him with the favors of seven women. I come from one of those families. In the town of Contla there are two others with the same last name, but without any apparent relation.
“In the 90s, the industrial production of serapes became very popular. This presented a very difficult obstacle for our work, challenging me to preserve and revive the tradition of this historic and beautiful art.
“Using natural dyes is my passion. I work with palo de Brazil wood, indigo, cochineal, pericon, and walnut, among other things. I especially adore the color blue; that is why I work so much with indigo. Here in Tlaxcala, we traditionally use cochineal, which was produced here in colonial times. But, we only use it for special orders because it is scarce, expensive, and yields little. On the other hand, indigo, even though there is very little in this region, yields a lot more.
“I am uniquely inspired by nature, the environment that surrounds me, the people I love, and the people that get by on their own. This makes me conscious of the enormous commitment that I have in my hands. My desire is to share a piece of history that I am a part of, imparting the beautiful identity that my work transmits. I want to connect each person with this essence, the richness of our beautiful country, and continue being the protagonist of my own history.
“At my young age, I have been rewarded constantly. It is a great honor and a great responsibility carrying onward, sharing my passion and my life.”