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How One Clothing Line is Continuing Cultural Textile Traditions

Sofia, Owner & Designer, of Cultura en tu Ropa

 

Meet Sofia Uribe, the designer behind Cultura en tu Ropa, a contemporary women’s clothing line specializing in textile tops, ponchos, and imported handmade goods such as traditional huipiles.

Born in San Diego and raised in Tijuana; Sofia began Cultura en tu Ropa after a 2014 trip to her grandparents’ hometown of Oaxaca. Sofia returned feeling inspired and ready to create her own fashion line, one that spoke to her own experience being exposed to the best of both cultures growing up along the US border and childhood memories of seeing her mom sew, cut, and make patterns from recycled newspapers.

Sofia’s foray into fashion began after high school when, after being accepted for an internship with Mexican Designer Ximena Valero, she moved to Los Angeles to begin working as her fashion assistant.

Sofia and I met at a coffee shop in DTLA to discuss her clothing line, giving me the chance to catch a glimpse of what it takes to be a Latinx Fashion Designer in Los Angeles.

 

The LA Fashion District. Home to the largest selection of textiles in the United States with nearly 200 wholesale and retail textile stores.

The LA Fashion District. Home to the largest selection of textiles in the
United States with nearly 200 wholesale and retail textile stores.

Sofia walking the fashion district looking for quality fabrics and textile prints.

Sofia walking the fashion district looking for quality fabrics and textile prints.

Pompom; made out of cotton. Found in DTLA but normally imported from Chiapas, Mexico.

Pompom; made out of cotton. Found in DTLA but normally imported from Chiapas, Mexico.

“I like to walk the streets of the fashion district and discover small vendors," she says. "I really think that’s where you can find treasures.”

“I like to walk the streets of the fashion district and discover small vendors,” she says. “I really think that’s where you can find treasures.”

Tops and Ponchos

Tops and Ponchos

“I use patterns to cut a garment, but with a Huipil it’s really easy. I know the measurements by memory.”

“I use patterns to cut a garment, but with a Huipil it’s really easy. I know the measurements by memory.”

Sofia met Sra. Maria four years ago through a designer she previously worked for. Sra. Maria is an important member of Cultura en tu Ropa.

Sofia met Sra. Maria four years ago through a designer she previously worked for. Sra. Maria is an important member of Cultura en tu Ropa.

Contemporary Huipil, made of linen with white cotton trim. Inspired by traditional Huipiles

Contemporary Huipil, made of linen with white cotton trim. Inspired by traditional Huipiles

Sofia, Owner & Designer, of Cultura en tu Ropa

Sofia, Owner & Designer, of Cultura en tu Ropa

Sofia also manages a non-profit organization based in Tijuana, Creo en Mi, which provides a support system for children in primaria (elementary school) and provides school supplies, books, and school fees.

 

Website: http://www.culturaenturopa.store

Instagram: @culturaenturopa

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