El Intercambio Cultural / A Cultural Exchange

Display open until 31 August 2014
Universidad Iberoamericana and Chelsea College, University of the Arts London
This display features 48 rebozos designed for the 21st century by students from Chelsea College of Art & Design and Universidad Iberoamericana. They are the outcome of an international exchange programme in which textile students from both institutions responded to the brief ‘Mestizos – A mix of culture’ to interpret the rebozo through the prism of Mexican culture. Elements of the brief included researching architecture, art, folklore and literature.

The participating students chose their subjects and spent eight weeks researching, developing and producing their projects. All the participants created a sample ribbon initially, which has ensured that all their work features in the Made in Mexico exhibition. Two prize winners from each institution have been selected to travel to the other country with support from the British Council, the Anglo-Mexican Foundation and British Airways.

The work was judged by a panel of experts including anthropologist Marta Turok and fashion designers Carmen Rion and Lydia Lavin in Mexico City, and fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, Mexican folk art expert Chloë Sayer and weaver Mary Restieaux in London.

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