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

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Women Borrowers

Featured En Vía Borrower: Angela

Words and photographs by Ehren Seeland A tangled mass of trumpet music infiltrates our Thursday afternoon, rhythm moving in tune with the clack-clack of the enormous standing foot pedal looms that line the workspace of Familia Lazo Mendoza. In the courtyard of the family compound, sweeping views of Teotitlan del Valle survey the scene as… Continue reading Featured En Vía Borrower: Angela

Women Borrowers

Featured En Vía Borrower: Gabriela

Words and photographs by Ehren Seeland Teotitlán del Valle, a pueblo in the Tlacolula district of the Valles Centrales region of Oaxaca, is renowned for quality textiles with a particular focus on rugs that are produced on hand-operated looms. Given this, upon our departure from the local church and subsequent arrival to Avenida Juarez (the… Continue reading Featured En Vía Borrower: Gabriela