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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Indigenous Culture

Sourcing Artisan Treasures in the Central Valley of Oaxaca

Words and photographs by Ehren Seeland The state of Oaxaca regularly serves as a target destination for leagues of visitors, given the temperate climate, enticing cuisine and rich cultural diversity. While these aspects are sufficient in stirring up a siren call to yearning travel hearts, it is the work of local artisans that are the… Continue reading Sourcing Artisan Treasures in the Central Valley of Oaxaca

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

Teotitlan del Valle

In focus: Teotitlán del Valle

Words and photographs by Ehren Seeland A rhythmic combination of tubas and drums drift from the roof of Preciosa Sangre de Cristo – practice for the upcoming Semana Santa celebrations. This church sits in the heart of Teotitlán del Valle, a Zapotec community located at the foot of the Sierra Juarez mountains in the central valley… Continue reading In focus: Teotitlán del Valle