Artisan Crafts, Oaxaca life, weaving

Market Spotlight: The Backstrap Textiles of Santo Tomás Jalieza

An artisan works with cotton and a backstrap loom in the local market. Words and photographs by Ehren Seeland Mexico supports an expansive history of textile production in a range of natural fibers like wool, silk, maguey and cotton that is woven into veritable art pieces. These creative works speak to tradition, storytelling, community and… Continue reading Market Spotlight: The Backstrap Textiles of Santo Tomás Jalieza

Artisan Crafts, Indigenous Culture

The Magic of Indigo

I discovered a little piece of magic when, on an En Via tour, Stella - a weaver in Teotitlán - explained to us how she uses natural dyes in her tapetes (rugs), including indigo. I could feel a little ripple of excitement pass through the group with the words “natural dyes” and as Stella's husband… Continue reading The Magic of Indigo