Innovando la Tradicion which is a creative platform where artisans, designers and artists share skills, knowledge and stories to rethink and honor the ceramic traditions of Oaxaca. Kythzia recently traveled to New York with some of the artists from Mexico and sold 62 products to the MOMA store for their collection, "Destination: Mexico". You can check out their journey here.
There are a few items for sale on my Etsy shop and I am currently designing a Spring/Summer 2013 line with the artisans in Teotitlan del Valle, which is a town known for its Zapotec weaving tradition that dates back two thousand years.
To see some of the items from this trip visit our new Etsy Shop. In addition to the merchandise shown, we can custom order any size, color, or design.
If you like the style of Anthropologie pillows and home goods, you will LOVE these embroidered pillows. They are a blend of cottage chic, ethnic charm, cool kitsch, and vibrant pop of color all in one!
Mexican Wool Pillows. Hand woven and 100% wool.
We met so many amazing people on our adventures around the valley outside of Oaxaca City. The first day was spent in the weaving village of Teotitlan del Valle. We were greeted with an AMAZING chocolate drink made from a Zapotec recipe thousands of years old. Having breakfast and chatting with this family in their home was one of the highlights of my trip.
Natural Dyes- Indigo in dried past pellets harvested in the Isthmus region of Oaxaca, 150 miles south of Teotitlan.
The natural red dye is called cochineal dye. It comes from the crushed larvae of the cochineal insect. (above)
Trying my hand at spinning yarn.
With the Bazan family.
Me at the loom. I have an extremely deep respect for this very difficult art form.
On day two we met up with Kythzia again and headed to San Marcos Tlapazola to meet the women potters. The home we visited was a modest, yet fair sized compound in the Zapotec village, about an hour outside of Oaxaca. Kythzia explained to us that the group of women who live at this compound are related and that none of them have married, out of fear that they would have to give up their craft. There is one young girl who lives at the compound whom is the last link to this ancient art form for the family.
The head of the family. This women did not speak Spanish, only Zapotec. A simple smile and a handshake was still a pleasure to share with her.
My sister and me watching the pottery firing.
Another family visit was made in Santo Tomas Jalieza.
Kythzia shared her favorite spot with us; Yagul. It is a ruins site open to the public but not many people know about it. We were the only people there for about an hour until a group of Boy Scouts arrived. :)
To see more images from my trip view the Native Trade Blog
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