Truly special! This is fourth generation Aguilar Family work! The artist is Fran Garcia Vasquez. the transgender daughter of Demetrio Garcia Aguilar. Demetrio is the son of Josefina Aguilar. It is really exciting to see how these traditions are passed down within the family, and we love being a part of it even in just a small way. Fran has won awards for her work, including being an award recipient from the Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art juried award show, which recognizes and promotes the work of artists under the age of thirty. Fran has been invited to present her work internationally recently, both in Milan, Italy and in New York City. We love the level of careful detail in Fran's work. Beautifully crafted and magnificently painted, Fran's current work is some of the best that is being created by the Aguilar Family.
This clay figure depicts the culturally important image of the proud Tehuana Woman, whose dress style was favored by Frida Kahlo. The Tehuana women come from the city of Tehuantepec in the Istmo Region of Oaxaca, Mexico. Tehuantepec is considered to be the center of Zapotec Culture in the Isthmus Region. The women there are famous for being the primary group allowed to be vendors in the markets of the city, and are fiercely independent. Up until the 1970's, then men were actually prohibited from being vendors in the markets. Even today they make up the majority of vendors and will often challenge male vendors for intruding upon their territory, even questioning their manhood for daring to intrude upon their territory. As a result the women control most household finances, and are able to spend money as they please, which is something usually controlled by the men in much of Mexico. But the Tehuana women are also famous for their beautiful and intricate traditional dress, that has become symbolic for Oaxaca. These figures represent both the beauty of the traditional dress, and the women's role in the important local markets.
Approximate measurements: 5 5/8" high x 2 1/2" wide x 2 1/4" deep