I had been looking for someone to knot macramé ‘puntas’ on the fringe of our new blankets for a while and was recommended to meet Everista, an octogenarian widow who lives around the corner from us in a traditional 1 room adobe casita. I went there today with the intention of casually meeting her to chat for about 15 min to see if she’d like to work with us on a few projects and I ended up staying instead for 3 hours. Fascinated, I stayed glued to the side of her bed where we both sat, listening to incredible stories of old Mexico: She grew up in the mountains, surviving on mostly on gorditas de haba (grilled tacos of fava bean paste) and the occasional deer or wild boar her father would bring home from a hunt. Kerosine lamps would light the early mornings to make tortillas and grind coffee and the nights when the women would macrame rebozo fringe. She said her family was lucky, her father had a knack for the hunt and did not abuse them or drink too much. Everista is a warrior woman to the core and is so smart, funny and open, and eager to share stories of her past. She lives only with a grey cat named Gris. Her kitchen is in a separate cabaña made of wood, it has a little table where she eats, a wood burning stove, a teeny charcoal grill called an ‘anafre’ and a huge volcanic stone ‘metate’ to grind corn and coffee. She also has constant work, basically whenever she wants it, and with being such an expert at macrame, women from all over this area go to her to knot their rebozos. A complicated rebozo fringe can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 1 month to complete.
She will be working with Mexchic to knot macrame fringe on some of our blankets and we could not be more excited and proud to have her working with us!