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It Takes Tres Manos (Three Hands) to Create Fine Hand-Woven Products

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April 3, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with TresManos Weaving of New Mexico Executive Director, Teresa Guerra. The art of hand woven fabrics has been around for over 13,000 years. In 2002, this craft was brought to Doña Ana County as a rural economic development project of Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico. The first training center for TresManos began in San Miguel, New Mexico to help low-income women from the Colonias learn new skills to increase their family income. They create hand-woven shawls, scarves, and light jackets in vibrant colors and intricate patterns from quality threads and fibers to last a lifetime. Almost three years ago TresManos received their non-profit status and moved to the Old Tortilla Factory in the Town of Mesilla. Besides free training to become professional weavers, they also offer weaving and fiber arts classes to local schools and organizations.

Tres Manos will be hosting their 3rd Annual “Southern New Mexico Fiber Arts Festival,” FREE to the public, featuring handmade products from a variety of New Mexico fiber artisans. The show will be held on April 11th & 12th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Old Tortilla Factory, 1910 Calle de Parian, in Mesilla. For more information - visit www.tresmanosweaving.org or call (575) 635-8914.