EFEBy Mitzi Mayahuel Fuentes Gomez San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico

Alberto Lopez Gomez is a renowned Tzotzil weaver and designer who defies gender stereotypes in the southeastern Mexican state of Chiapas.

The indigenous weaver dedicated the first 25 years of his life to farming, a common job for men in the town of Juxton, until his mother, Margarita Gomez Santis, taught him how to weave.

Lopez Gomez's mother reminded him "that men were not supposed to knit and should work in the fields," but knowing the possible storm that might hit her son, she set all prejudices aside and helped him knit in secret.