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

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

Oaxaca life

Market Spotlight: The Backstrap Textiles of Santo Tomás Jalieza

Words and photographs by Ehren Seeland Mexico supports an expansive history of textile production in a range of natural fibers like wool, silk, maguey and cotton that is woven into veritable art pieces. These creative works speak to tradition, storytelling, community and rich family legacies. While quality textiles can be found throughout the country, some… Continue reading Market Spotlight: The Backstrap Textiles of Santo Tomás Jalieza

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