The WBC has worked hand in hand with indigenous communities, highlighting diverse cultures through its Mexican artisans who have transformed the WBC belt into true pieces of art, each one representing the best of their culture, until now we have had the Huichol Belt, the Chiapaneco and the Maya.
Today, the wait is over and the WBC unveiled the “Mazahua-May 5, 2020” belt, a jewel created by artisan hands of the Mazahua culture, from the State of Mexico.
The Belt is the result of the synergy between design and Mexican embroidery. The creative hands of Angélica and Lilia Reyes Martínez, artisans, originally from the community of San Felipe Santiago, in Villa de Allende, both embroidered the piece, working for a month, for more than 400 hours.
The colors purple, violet, pink, blue, green, yellow, orange, carmine and red, show the harmony based on the love and affection of the family, the diversity, the fertility of the valleys; inspiration to protect women's rights and freedoms; the future, the desire and drive of our young people; the field, productivity; the joy and motivation to serve others, equality, tolerance and equal opportunities; care and health; as well as the firmness in our decisions to obtain strong results.
The center of the belt is formed by an obsidian plate from Teotihucán as a smoking mirror that carries among its attributes Tezcaltlipoca, emblem of its warrior dedication, fortress for battle and symbol of night power. This mirror is adorned by the indigenous symbols of the stars such as: the Sun, the stars, the moon and the constellations.
Next to the obsidian circle, two stylized representations of stars that symbolize light, guidance and destiny. Due to their bright colors, they represent a joyful and festive life, while the symmetry alludes to the balance of indigenous life. On each side, on the body of the belt, a border like a serpent, symbol of Quetzalcóatl, later, the figure of the deer, an animal that among other things is considered the founder of peoples and lineages in many cultures. Finally, the birds, symbol of freedom.
This Belt is a symbol of greatness and cultural diversity, of the State of Mexico and the country.
We must thank the team of the Rubicó Art Gallery, Industria Reyes and the Government of the State of Mexico, because without their invaluable support, the dream of the Mazahua belt would not have been possible.