Alberto López Gómez reported on his social networks that his textiles had been stopped at Ohio customs.
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Alberto López Gómez , the Tzotzil weaver from Aldama, Chiapas, who announced a few weeks ago that he would participate in the Fashion To The Feathers fashion show in New York, reported on his social networks that his textiles had been stopped at US customs.
“I am very worried because in a few hours I travel to Boston and unfortunately the fabrics are being detained, so I ask the Mexican authorities to help me,” López Gómez said in a Facebook post .
The Chiapaneco artisan announced that two packages with their own work and their artisan companions had been arrested and requested the support of the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the US ambassador to Mexico, Christopher Landau, the secretary of foreign relations Marcelo Ebrard and Senator Susana Harp and Adelfo Regino Montes, head of the National Institute of Indigenous Peoples to resolve the situation.
In his account, López explained that on January 20 and 22 he sent a package to New York and one to Boston “where the garments that will be exhibited at the conference at Harvard University and the catwalk in NY” go.
This in order not to cause expenses over luggage. However, on Monday, January 27, he was notified that the packages were held at Ohio customs.
“I went to the DHL office in San Cristóbal to follow up on the situation and there was an email with the information that customs required through the company to be able to check out the packages. The information was not enough and required more details, ”López said.
The craftsman concluded by saying that he was waiting for customs resolution through DHL.