Artisan Crafts, Community initiatives, En Via, Fair trade, Indigenous Culture, Oaxaca, Oaxaca life, Teotitlan del Valle, Women Borrowers

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

Words and photography by Annemieke Buursink. Oaxaca de Juárez, June 2016. 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 precious product. Not… Continue reading CARMINE RED – production of the cochineal insect in Teotitlán del Valle

Indigenous Culture, Teotitlan del Valle

Sowing Seeds: preserving a culture and saving the earth

Four years ago Margarita Mendoza García and her two daughters would weave beautiful tapetes, or wool rugs, using chemical dyes. The practice of using chemical dyes was all that Margarita had ever known. She said the knowledge of her predecessors; of the seeds, fruits, flowers and leaves that grow wild in the mountains that buffer… Continue reading Sowing Seeds: preserving a culture and saving the earth