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Publication Date: 2015-03-16

Honoring Her Heritage

Cristina Lynch discovered the artistic value of hand embroidery made by women throughout Mexico and decided to bring it to America. What MILIEU saw inspired us to feature it on an even grander scale.

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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