I have already started to catalogue the things I will miss most about leaving here. Today I paid rent for my apartment here for the last time, and I walked home hyper-aware of the clumble of cars across the cobblestoned streets, the sky, heavy with clouds behind the rounded church domes and the street carts selling elotes, tacos and tlayudas to people patiently waiting for their buses after a long day. It feels weird to think that soon my everyday life will be completely different. Read more
Posts from the ‘Daily Life’ Category
Following on from my previous post, here are more things I recommend you add to your list if you thinking of visiting Oaxaca de Juarez. There are direct flights to Oaxaca from Mexico City several times a day, taking around 50 minutes, or if you could take the 8-10 hour bus ride.
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I think my friend Eulalia described it most eloquently when she likened weaving a tapete to a lover. They want all your time, and if you neglect them, the tension rises and they can get warped out of shape. Therefore once a tapete is started on the loom, it is continued until it is complete.
Eulalia lives in Teotitlán del Valle, a community known for their traditionally designed and intricately woven wool tapetes. Even if weaving is not the primary family business, you can be sure there are looms in the household, and the family members will work together in the evenings, companionably weaving side by side on separate looms. Read more
Our fundraising campaign has now been live for 2 weeks!
As you might remember, we want to provide families living in small communities surrounding Oaxaca their FIRST EVER family photos.
I have been humbled by people’s generosity!
Thank you so so much for your interest and assistance in this project.
Currently we are half-way to our goal of providing photo packets of one 6×8″ print and three 4×6″ prints for 600 families. Read more
When the Spanish arrived in Mexico, they were shocked to see the locals wearing red clothing in their everyday life. Red was the colour of royalty in Europe, and so not only forbidden to wear, but also very very expensive to buy, and here were all these locals, parading around in red everyday clothes!
Like many dyes used in Teotitlán, the colour red is sourced traditionally, using the female cochineal beetle, a parasite that lives on the nopal cactus plant, indigenous to Mexico. After feasting on the nopal juice, the insect produces carminic acid to deter predators, and it is this acid which is used for red dye. Read more