Entrepreneur profiles, Indigenous Culture, Oaxaca, Oaxaca life, Teotitlan del Valle, weaving

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… Continue reading Luvia’s Hands

Entrepreneur profiles, Indigenous Culture, Teotitlan del Valle, weaving

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

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