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Don Arturo Hernandez, who just returned from the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, is one of the artisans who joins us this Friday and Saturday for a curated ExpoVenta — Show and Sale. Arturo works only with naturally dyed wool and cotton. He creates glorious scarves and shawls with elaborate hand-tied fringes. Stunning to wear and drape around you. He is also working with ikat, dyeing part of the yarn, which results in some beautiful, assymetrical patterns that collectors love.
Also joining us is the family of Viviana Hipolito Maves, Grand Master of Oaxaca Folk Art, recognized for her handmade beeswax candles that are decorated with flowers, flags and birds. The molds she uses are made of wood and inherited from her grandmother. These candles adorn the Teotitlan del Valle church and are presented to families at special life cycle events. She will bring tapers that you can use in your home, too.
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Today was the first of two Sundays when the Zapotec village of San Juan Guelavia holds its annual basket fair. Next Sunday, February 2, is the last day. They open in the compact zocalo at 9 a.m. By the time we got there, close to noon, there wasn’t much left. Before I could say basket, two that caught my eye were snatched up from under my outstretched arm.
The bamboo used to make the baskets is picked young and green, much easier to manipulate. Then, it is washed and stripped. After the basket is complete, the sturdy handles are wrapped with palm leaves. Most of the Zapotec women in the central valleys of Oaxaca prefer these baskets for daily shopping use. The handle fits easily over the crook of the elbow, is smooth and comfortable.
Both men and women are basket weavers. They are also makers of corn husk flowers, lamp shades, bird cages, decorative woven bottle coverings, and traditional storage baskets for maize.
Some of the workmanship is so fine, one wonders how fingers can weave the course strips of bamboo, let alone strip the cane and prepare it for the weaving process. The basket I bought is above, left, held by the weaver who made it. He was happy and so was I.
Basketmaking in San Juan Guelavia, Oaxaca is a craft in decline and I have included this link to an academic paper that references San Juan Guelavia and their struggle to keep this craft tradition alive.
I hope you get to the Feria (fair) next Sunday. I paid 140 pesos for a beautiful handmade basket, quite large. That’s about $11 USD. A day’s wage here in Oaxaca. Who knows how long it took to make! Looks like more than a day to me. A basket this size for sale at the Tlacolula market would cost double the price, maybe more, and still a bargain at that!
In addition to the baskets, there is lots of home-style cooked food like quesadillas, tamales, and hot steamed corn-on-the-cob. Come and linger.
Where to Find San Juan Guelavia: From Oaxaca City, take any bus or colectivo taxi heading to Tlacolula or Mitla. Get off at the San Juan Guelavia crossroads (which is about 1/2 mile before you get to Teotitlan del Valle, and maybe five miles beyond El Tule). There are village taxis and tuk-tuks that will take you along the beautiful curving road that leads to the village, set about three miles off the Panamerican Highway 190, nestled in the rolling foothills of the Sierra Madre del Sur.
For the past month that I have been in North Carolina, I have looked around my house and decided it was time to deconstruct my collection. This includes all things Oaxaca, Mexico, plus art and artifacts from past lives where I have traveled around the world and wanted to bring home the memories represented by something tangible and beautiful.
You have not heard much from me during this time. I have focused my energies on editing my collection, selling and cleaning out. This is in preparation for spending more time in Oaxaca in the coming year, and for my month-long trip to Peru starting in mid-September. When I retired from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, my foundation board gave me this trip to Peru as a departing gift and thank you for my service to the school. I was surprised, amazed, and speechless! Now, I get to plan the adventure.
And, no, I’m not leaving North Carolina and this home I love. Merely taking an opportunity to downsize, deconstruct, re-evaluate how much I want and need, and taking steps to simplify my life and go lighter.
I’ve been selling most of my collection on ebay and Etsy, and lots is still there. This includes ceramics figures from the famed Aguilar sisters and alebrijes by Bertha Cruz, and handmade Mexican vintage sterling silver earrings.
Here is a beautiful stuffed Chiapas Cat I’ve had in my collection. 10″ high and 9″ wide. Do you want it? $24 plus shipping and it’s yours!
Here goes Comandante Ramona on horseback (or is it donkey?) with Subcomandante Marcos across EZLN territory of Chiapas. A great figure of felted wool, embroidery and wood. 10-1/2″ tall and 8″ wide. $26 plus shipping.
I subscribe to and regularly read The Improvised Life blog written by Sally Schneider. This week she posted she was taking a one-week sabbatical and posted a TED talk video in support of this idea. I’m sharing it here.
For me, this sabbatical is intermittent, unplanned, and I don’t know what I will write or post here or when. I do know I am doing more reflective and creative writing, writing more poetry, and creating the basics of a memoir that may or may not be published! I’m taking one day at a time.
How are you doing as you approach summer?
And, have you thought about participating in the February 2014 Women’s Creative Writing and Yoga Retreat? We are accepting reservations now.