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As a girl, while looking through her mother’s extensive collection of Mexican folkloric art, Cristina Lynch came upon images of a woman in
Oaxaca whose embroidery work looked like paintings. “It was that
flawless,” says Lynch, “and this particular older woman’s work revealed
to me how that part of southern Mexico really is a place I consider the
cultural capital of the country — the embroidery work that’s done there,
the incredible black pottery fired in kilns, the amazing wood carvings.
I had a visceral, emotional response to the art there and I knew that I
wanted to do what I could to keep that culture alive and thriving. It
was that important to me, especially having grown up in a home with my
mother who comes from Mexico.”
With her mother, she traveled often to her grandfather’s ranch in
Mexico, where she would watch with fascination the flocks of white
swallows that swooped from beneath the roof of the house. Lynch would
listen to Mexican songs and read poems in Spanish that referenced those
beautiful, graceful birds. These were just some of the influences that
led the now twenty-six-year-old Lynch to found her own company, Mi
Golondrina, which translates as My Swallow.
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PHOTOGRAPHED BY MEGAN THOMPSON LOVOI
WRITTEN BY DAVID MASELLO
This story appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of MILIEU.
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