museo de arte moderno, mexico df

wood table with plastic soft drink crates as drawers (LOVE!)

We spent a luxurious get-away weekend in Mexico City, eating our way through every colonia and excitedly finding ourselves lost amongst centuries of great architecture and design. Amongst other things, we paid a visit to the  Museo de Arte Moderno in Chapultepec Park, I had never been and read they had a sweet little exhibit on Mexican designers using traditional craft techniques to make their modern looking work. There were a few really impressive designers doing this and others whose work which was just cool but not based on  any traditional methods and yet others which where not worthy of being in a museum exhibit at all (yikes!). Overall though, it was great. Here’s the good stuff…

leather embroidered chair

stunning rope knit lounge chair

beer bottle chair

old school acapulco style chair with modernist flair
traditional volcanic rock molcajete with a beautiful wood base
kitsch hand woven rug with image of Emiliano Zapata

The Rebozo Studio

Alberta Segura’s world is a fantastic time warp back into old Mexico and she is justly proud of being the official keeper of her family’s old-world traditions and secrets.

The first memory of her father weaving rebozos was when she was 8 years old, sitting at his loom making one of his timeless creations.

As far back as she can remember, as far back as her family´s history runs, the art of rebozo weaving has been her family’s lifeblood and art. Her father, a master weaver, died two months ago and the traditional family business was passed down to her to uphold.

She is the last member in this long line of weavers bearing this knowledge and now works with a family friend in keeping her family’s name and art alive.

Her adobe brick house and studio stands close to the center of town, where off to the side facing a typical square open courtyard, two large and ancient wooden pedal looms sit.

The stucco which previously covered the studio’s walls has slowly crumbled off in parts, exposing the beautiful brown adobe underneath. Old clay pots and sombreros hang randomly along the walls accompanied by pictures of saints, rosary beads, old watches and a boom box from the 8o’s.

Rebozos are shawls, though not just any old wrap can be called a rebozo. A real rebozo must be finely hand woven on either a back strap loom, or as in Alberta’s family, a traditional wooden pedal loom.

They are typically made out of silk, wool or cotton. The textile is woven into beautiful colorful ikat designs with long

complex hand-knotted macrame flowing fringe.

As she sits, spinning little spools of black cotton thread to be used for weaving one of her Rebozos de Aroma she tells me her family, as tradition dictates, weaves 2 specific designs, one of which, in the photograph above, is called venado (deer), working it in a combination of 4 colors, black, white, royal blue and a beautiful rich caramel colored brown.

She also proudly shared that her family is one of the last to continue the tradition of weaving Rebozos de Aroma (scented rebozos) where hand dip-dyed jet black cotton threads are seeped into an aromatic bath of over 20 distinct dried spices, flowers, herbs and fruits.

The cotton readily absorbs the scent of this spicy tea, after which is hung out to air dry, then woven into a slick, solid black rebozo which will forever keep its scent, even after thousands of washings.

Mexchic is thrilled to have come across Alberta and her simply gorgeous work and in a few months time we hope we’ll have some of her incredibly chic rebozos for sale. Samples are coming in shortly and we’ll be taking pics. Stay tuned to see more as we’re diving head first into the world of rebozos, we’re also getting in touch with other talented weavers who will also have very distinct and refined work to compliment Alberta’s.

Feel free to write us with any questions or comments to mexchicdesign [at] gmail.com.

take a look at our on-line store for products using her textiles

>renewed, revived, reset!

we moved our bodies, our dogs and mexchic studio a few months ago to the most magical house i’ve ever had the pleasure to live in and we’ve finally settled in. can’t wait to go on new adventures exploring new towns and meeting new artisans to work with!
  clearing the lawn
 back yard garden path
 room with a view
 palma in the house
fog rolls onto the porch in the early morning
 filthy and fabulous
 palapa magic
lux living out back

hand-carved aromatic solid cedar hearts

Our Hand-carved solid wood 100% natural Cedar hearts are extremely fragrant and much much too pretty to keep hidden away in a closet protecting your clothing from moths (all though you’re welcome to keep them there). We think they are best suited on a desk, a dresser, a night stand, any place nearby where you can pick up the hard smooth surface and smell to your hearts content.

I keep mine on my desk grab it to smell whenever I need a light pick me up. They come in two sizes, large and medium. Makes for a fantastic hostess gift and a perfect little sweet nothing for a lover or close friend.

These hearts are hand-made and there for no two can be exactly alike. Shade and size may vary slightly with each piece.


buy a beautiful hand-carved cedar heart here

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I love it when something commonplace is taken to incredible hights by someone creative. The Oaxacan graffiti artists StencilZone, ArteJaguar, and Bemba Klan are a few of the artists who are creating revolutionary inspired works on the walls of the city.