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, San Miguel del Valle, Teotitlan del Valle

Sourcing Artisan Treasures in the Central Valley of Oaxaca

Mica Miro, Responsible Tourism Program Manager for En Via, learns about the weaving process. 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… Continue reading Sourcing Artisan Treasures in the Central Valley of Oaxaca

Artisan Crafts, Oaxaca life, weaving

Market Spotlight: The Backstrap Textiles of Santo Tomás Jalieza

An artisan works with cotton and a backstrap loom in the local market. 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… 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

Artisan Crafts, Indigenous Culture

The Magic of Indigo

I discovered a little piece of magic when, on an En Via tour, Stella - a weaver in Teotitlán - explained to us how she uses natural dyes in her tapetes (rugs), including indigo. I could feel a little ripple of excitement pass through the group with the words “natural dyes” and as Stella's husband… Continue reading The Magic of Indigo