The name “Tilcajete” is composed of “Til”, meaning “cochineal ink”; and “Cajete”, meaning a mound of surrounding stones at the source of water from a waterwheel or well.
El Cajete, formerly supplied water to its population. In ancient times its people were dedicated to produce cochineal ink to apply it as a dye in their clothing. One of its representative garments is called “Tilmas”, which are aprons in the shape of a half circle held by two straps at the waist used by men and women who used it to cover themselves.
Currently the “Tilmas” are used only by dancers who dance the “Feather Dance”, of Aztec and Spanish origin in the viceroyalty era, representing the conquest of the Valley of Anahuac by Hernan Cortés and its triumph of Catholicism over the native religions, it was an auxiliary means of evangelization and diffusion from its place of origin in Cuilapam de Guerrero through the central valleys of the region.
The Feather Dance is considered the greatest jewel of Oaxacan traditions and the most important dance of the state of Oaxaca.
Tilcajete artisans are dedicated to wood crafts and elaboration of the famous “Alebrijes” Its several wood arts workshops designs evoke themes related to our culture and nature, usually of real, imaginary, and mystical animals.
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