My name is Celerina Martinez. I am from Teotitlan del Valle. I am an artisan.
I work with rugs, and my family has always lived here in Teotitlan.
I began to weave when I was twelve years old, but before
that I helped prepare the material. Normally we begin
as early as five years old. At six, one begins to help
the family, and that way one learns. It is work where
the whole family participates, from the little ones up
to people who are very old. Like I was taught by my parents,
that is how we are teaching the little ones that follow.
This will always be. Because today the children begin
like I began. We began when we were small, and we will
go on forever.
It is work
where truly the state of one's spirit is reflected.
At times we find ourselves in adverse situations,
and at times this work gives us the strength to go forward. Even
though it's hard work, I really enjoy it, and I live
in the colors. I really enjoy the designs, the colors, and also
the way of working.
I work on a loom that is a meter and fifty centimeters wide, and there
are moments when it's as though I were dancing. I like
it so much because at times we work with animal shapes,
and that is very enjoyable; we work with birds, fish,
or other animals. We work with landscapes, too. At times
the state of one's spirits is reflected; at
times when we are sad, it's reflected in the work. I
love to do this work because it gives me great joy when the people who
to buy our rugs like them. I
feel very satisfied because I can do work that other
people really like and really will use.