Guadalupe Missions

“Maguey”

Pronounced “Mah-geh”.

An agave plant related to the aloe plant, native to Mexico and parts of the American Southwest and Texas.

The poorer classes of Aztecs would tear its long blades into fibers for a variety of uses, including drying these fibers, twisting them together and then using them to weave fabric.

It is this material which St. Juan Diego used to weave the tilma upon which Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared and has remained since December 12th, 1531.

An example of maguey fabric produced near Teotihuacan, Mexico is pictured below.

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