A new textile event is taking place in Mexico in February; TEXTO, a meeting point for master artisans, activists, thinkers, creators and artists, is a four-day summit hosted at Casa Pedregal, México, it includes an exhibition, talks and live music.
Co-curator, Marcella Echavarria, explains: “TEXTO will create a space for those who understand and value sustainability, personal identity, tradition and responsible consumption over the commercial tendencies based on unbridled consumption.”
“Consider the parallels between hand skills and the preservation of language. For a language to thrive it must adapt, and perhaps most importantly, be a living and evolving expression of cultural identity. Similarly, we must search for ways in which to sustain heritage crafts rather than merely preserving them and forcing them into stasis. Just as a spoken language provides a living but intangible connection between a people and their particular history and geography, often shaping identity, textile traditions follow a similar path.”
“TEXTO 2020, is a platform which aims to inspire reflection, knowledge, culture, human conscience, democracy, sustainability, quality. It promotes individuality, the unique, the beautiful and long-lasting. Creating, using and sharing things with love, TEXTO aims to redefine luxury and the privilege of inheriting. As Eduardo Galeano affirms: ‘Those who write, weave. ‘Texto’ comes from the Latin word ‘Texere’ to weave’. With threads of words we say things, with threads of time we live.”
Alongside Marcella, the curating team is Kavita Parmar in association with Cesar Cervantes and Johan Mergenthaler. The venue for the event, Casa Pedregral, is considered part of Mexico’s cultural heritage and a masterpiece of modern architecture; it was conceived and built by the important Mexican architect and winner of the Pritzker Prize: Luis Barragán.
TEXTO INDUMENTARIA, 5-8 February 2020, Casa Pedregal, Mexico City. For more information and to book your ticket visit www.texto.one.