Individuals of Tinkuy 2017: Soledad Celeste Valero

My love for textiles awakened watching my parents dedicate their life to it.

My artisan teacher was always my mother, she was the one who taught, corrected, and accompanied me in my journey of learning this marvelous art. My motivation is to help, from my station, to conserve ancestral textile techniques.  I grew up with the incorrect idea that artisans were inferior people because their work was not of value to the youth of our community. This made me ashamed, but with little effort I have learned the value of this identity. My mother and father joined to make me a woolen blanket using a reserved and guarded technique. Years ago, my grandparents made a blanket similar for my mother. This gift is full of significance and value for me, here in this garment I have the hands and hearts of my parents. Someday I will create a similar blanket with the same ancestral techniques and leave the traces of my hands to the next generation.

Celeste is an independent weaver from Jujuy, Argentina. She is the daughter of artisans and is learning the textile techniques that her mother and father know, these include work in waist loom, pedal loom, embroidery and two needle weaving. Its her first Tinkuy.

Individuals of Tinkuy: Román Gutiérrez Ruiz

“My grandparents inherit us this art and way of living. I have been able to hone my techniques on weaving tapestries on the pedal loom, the twisted feather technique, dyeing of fibers, spin, and created my own designs. In the future I would like to have an adequate place to do my art and to be able to show it to the world.”

Roman Gutierrez Ruiz from Oaxaca, Mexico has been a weaver for many years. This is his first Tinkuy and as a first time participant, looks forward to meeting other textile artists and learning what types of techniques they use to weave in other countries and he would like to share as well his own techniques.

Individuales of Tinkuy: Arnulfo Xochitiotzin Cocoletzi

“I learned to work the pedal loom from my father at a very young age. My desire to preserve and rescue the textile traditions from my country has made me research and learn more techniques.

I followed my passion and chose not to pursue a career but instead I continued with our textile traditions. At the age of 16 I won 1st prize among many skilled artisans, including my father at an artisan contest in Tlaxcala. In the future I would like to open a gallery and teach the young generation the art of textile and its traditions so it won’t get lost in the age of industrialization”


Maestro Arnufo Xochitiotzin Cocoletzi from Tlaxcala, Mexico has been a weaver for many years. This is his first Tinkuy and as a first time participant, he wants to share the art of weaving sarapes from Saltillo. He also looks forward to meeting other textile artists and learning a variety of techniques from other artisans from other countries, especially from Peru.