Master Weaver Sonia Antonieta Cholotío
Though only 22 years old, Sonia is an accomplished backstrap loom weaver having begun weaving at the age of 10. Unlike the older weavers in the cooperative, Sonia continued her education through middle school but could not go on to high school because it cost too much. As one of the 14 members of her weaving association, Cooperativa de Mujeres Quetzalli, she was chosen for her impeccable skill and beautifully rendered shawls and scarves. Her weavings for the Cooperative are generally made fromcotton weft threads and rayon warp dyed with natural plants. The jaspe figures in her weavings are clearly and precisely woven.
The second time I went to visit with Sonia, she showed me an indigo scarf with diamond jaspe figures that she had just finished weaving. She and a group of other women are taking jaspe lessons from the Mendozas and this scarf is the first of her jaspe work.
Although when speaking with me Sonia seemed a little reserved, it was apparent from the gleam in her eyes that she enjoys tying jaspe and learning a new art form.
Sonia, her husband and their 4 year old son live with her in-laws in an extended family with three other master level backstrap loom weavers including her mother-in-law, María Florinda Pérez Mendoza.