In the small village of Agustin Gonzales located in the central Mexican highlands near San Miguel de Allende, 18 people spend what little free time they have hooking rugs. They are Las Rancheritas of The Rug Hook Project. The people of the area are subsistence farmers who grow all their own corn beans and squash. The proceeds from selling these art pieces help with paying for food, children’s schooling, doctor visits and other family needs. Many of the women are the sole support of their families. Each art piece is entirely unique as is the skill of rug hooking in Mexico.
Charlotte Bell is a freelance photographer who makes her home in Austin, Texas and San Miguel de Allende Mexico. She is the liaison with TAFA, representing Las Rancheritas. She wrote a book about Las Rancheritas, Rich Roots, which is close to her heart. She felt compelled to tell the untold story of the people who have welcomed her into their families. You can buy the book from Charlotte.
About this rug
The “Virgen de Guadalupe” or “Our Lady of Guadalupe” is iconic in Mexico. The short version from Wikipedia:
Official Catholic accounts state that on the morning of December 9, 1531, a Native American peasant named Juan Diego saw a vision of a maiden at a place called the Hill of Tepeyac, which would become part of Villa de Guadalupe, a suburb of Mexico City. Speaking to him in his native Nahuatl language (the language of the Aztec empire), the maiden identified herself as the Virgin Mary, “mother of the very true deity” and asked for a church to be built at that site in her honor.
There is a lot more to the story, but for our purposes here, we can just say that the virgin has become a beloved symbol to Mexicans and artists love portraying her. Part of the appeal is that she expressed herself in an indigenous language, not Spanish.
The rug was made by Remedios Ramirez:
Dimensions: 24″ x 32” / 61 x 81.3 cm
Display: Hang with a dowel (there are loops at the top)
Care: Shake if needed. Hand washable with woolite, dry flat.
International shipping is determined by country and is not included in the price. You can contact Charlotte for an estimate and will pay her directly for shipping if purchased.