culture, Entrepreneur profiles, Indigenous Culture, Oaxaca, Oaxaca life, Teotitlan del Valle, weavers

Luvia’s Hands

The Hands of Luvia is an intimate photographic project, following Luvia, a Zapotec woman from Teotitlán del Valle over two months at her home. The project documents the creative process in her craft of weaving. Supported by En Vía, this project explores the idea of her primary creative tools - the hands.The hands are the… Continue reading Luvia’s Hands

business, Community initiatives, culture, Indigenous Culture, Microfinance, Oaxaca life, Responsible Tourism, San Miguel Del Valle, volunteering, weavers

Joan’s Story- Reflections from an En Vía Guide

What a privilege it is to be an En Vía Guide!  I have been visiting Oaxaca for more than fifteen years and about five years ago, a friend told me about En Vía and her experience as a guide.  I knew immediately I wanted to become a guide; for me, it was a way to… Continue reading Joan’s Story- Reflections from an En Vía Guide

Artisan Crafts, Education, Entrepreneur profiles, Indigenous Culture, Oaxaca life, weavers, Workshops

Learning from BII DAÜÜ (Sacred Wind) – this Teotitlán-based cooperative teaches us about the art (and science!) of using natural dyes

By: Eda Tajuddin- Responsible Tourism Manager Following our successful crowdfunding campaign over winter 2017, En Vía has been offering specialized courses within our Education Program. That means workshops and classes that are more relevant to the different businesses owned by the women entrepreneurs in En Vía. Earlier this year, we held special courses on “English… Continue reading Learning from BII DAÜÜ (Sacred Wind) – this Teotitlán-based cooperative teaches us about the art (and science!) of using natural dyes

Artisan Crafts, Design, innovation, Oaxaca life, volunteering, weavers

“The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original size” Albert Einstein

By Jen Stillwell As I sit here on this flight from Mexico City back to Los Angeles, I feel as though I am finally able to start gathering my thoughts on my time in Oaxaca, and the program that Fundación En Vía and I designed and implemented. My overall feeling is gratitude. My takeaway can… Continue reading “The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original size” Albert Einstein

Artisan Crafts, Community initiatives, En Via, Entrepreneur profiles, Fair trade, Indigenous Culture, Oaxaca, Oaxaca life, Teotitlan del Valle, weavers

CARMINE RED – production of the cochineal insect in Teotitlán del Valle

Words and photography by Annemieke Buursink. Oaxaca de Juárez, June 2016. Rafaela Ruiz Gutiérrez A few centuries ago cochineal was one of the most mysterious and wanted products in the world. It was greatly valued by the Aztecs and brought to Europe by the Spaniards, who were very careful to protect their monopoly on this… Continue reading CARMINE RED – production of the cochineal insect in Teotitlán del Valle