Thanks for pointing me to this thread, bixa, I would hate to have missed it. There's enough lovely images in here to fill several threads, including some already started (Clouds, Wood, Color!, even Wrought Iron). And nice to see another weaving from Teotitlán del Valle.
Oh dear, looking at these is making me want to buy some to decorate with! And I am generally completely resistant to such urges. Those weavings are beautiful, the mask and hare are masterful and that's one hell of a tree outside.
Fumobici, thank you so much. Your kind of appreciation makes me enthusiastic about doing reports on more of the craft villages. If you ever decide to come down, I'd be honored to play guide.
Really, some of the pieces have so much spirit that they find their own place in the house, almost beyond mere decoration.
Admittedly the two weavings I show from the museum are exceptionally fine, but there are excellent rugs from the same village of weavers which are beautiful and sturdy. There is a close up of one I own at #12 here. It gets used like any other rug and has been washed many times.
You think that's a hell of a tree? The town of Santa Maria El Tule, Oaxaca has a TREE:
I would love to get a weaving anywhere near that class in a wearable form, forget decorating. Love a piece just a portion of the size of one of those for say a lovely purse. I could certainly more see paying extravagant prices for a bag that looked that lovely verses one with someone's initials slapped all over it.
Look at Reply #24 on the previous page where I tried to explain where I live in relation to the city of Oaxaca.
I could walk to Oaxaca from my house, although it would be more of a hike than a walk, but certainly possible.
Oaxaca de Juarez, Oaxaca <-- state capital, largest city in the state UTM : QD48 Geographical coordinates in decimal degrees (WGS84) Latitude : 17.050 Longitude : -96.717 Geographical coordinates in degrees minutes seconds (WGS84) Latitude : 17 03' 00'' Longitude : -96 43' 00''
Santa Cruz Xoxocotlan, Oaxaca <-- where I live, practically a suburb of the city of Oaxaca UTM : QD48 Geographical coordinates in decimal degrees (WGS84) Latitude : 17.017 Longitude : -96.733 Geographical coordinates in degrees minutes seconds (WGS84) Latitude : 17 01' 00'' Longitude : -96 44' 00''
For real sophistication and up-to-the-minute art, fads, music, etc., you would want to visit Mexico City, but the entire country is varied and interesting. If you read around in the travel forums, you'll see how every aspiring visitor to Mexico is urged to spend at least a week in Oaxaca. There really is that much to see and do!
Spindrift had questions about my rather sketchy video and the use of a piece of leather to form the neck of a clay pot. I found this really mesmerizing video which clearly shows the leather being used as part of the process of making the pot:
This is a beautiful thread, Bixa. Almost overwhelming in its sensuality and you weave all the elements together so well. The videos are great. I watched all of them and was filled with amazement and respect at how simply and deftly these artists create their pieces. The story of how the black rub came to be is fascinating in itself and the sepia photos are wonderful. There is room in my home for a piece of the black pottery of Magdalena Pedro (I also love the one that you do) and a mask.
To do this and Cochineal on the same day...complete saturation in beauty and the intense excitement of learning! Thank you.
The main reason I did San Bartolo and the cochineal farm together is because they're so close to each other. They're on the route to some other villages known for crafts and now I'll be able to skip them when I go to the others to do an AnyPort report.
This link will give an idea of the variety available. Scroll down to reach the text.
I'm a little embarrassed about the mention of the brass workshop in San Bartolo. I think I passed right by it & didn't even take a photo, having dismissed it because of the kitschy brass butterflies and the like on display. I didn't realize it was an official local craft.
I looked it up and here's what little information I found. I guess I'll have to go out one day and take a look.
I understand his sons are expected to carry on as it has been announced the demonstrations they hold will be continuing. I think it is lovely to hear of a family carrying on like that.
Love those dresses, Bixa. When I was a kid we always had one or two of them, we always referred to them as "Mexican wedding dresses" and they were oh so wonderfully cool in the heat of summer. We'd go to the market near the Farmer's market in Dallas or to Third Monday. So much fun looking at all the colorful dresses.
You'll have a field day looking at dresses here, as there is such much variety among the regions of the state. Check out the first page of the Sunday in Oaxaca thread for just a tiny sample of the items available. The dresses in this picture are a constant feature in the Zaachila market, although they're not from that region. Most markets have stuff from all over. I think the dresses to which you refer are made in San Antonino here.
Want a closer look at that embroidery? The white one is obviously cross-stitched, but the others are almost completely covered with crewel work.
I don't know who this is or who took the picture, but it shows a gringa can pull off this style of dress nicely. That top she's wearing is very lightweight, economical, and available in that length or in regular blouse length: