El Diablo y Sandia Bed and Breakfast Inn is hosting an exhibition and sale of fine quality Chiapas textiles this weekend only, July 19-20, 2013. The textiles are hand-woven on back-strap looms by the women’s cooperative El Camino de los Altos in San Cristobal de Las Casas.
- 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. @ El Diablo y La Sandia B&B, Libres #205, Oaxaca Centro Historico, between Morelos and Murguia, Telephone 951-514-4095
All the funds go to supporting the work of over 130 women and their families. Chiapas is the poorest state in Mexico and is predominantly populated by Maya peoples.
I have known Camino de los Altos for many years. Each year I add a few pieces to my collection — pillow covers, table linens and dish towels — that are durable and easy to wash. The work is stunning and 100% cotton.
A group of French textile designers started the cooperative and has transitioned it over to local management. This weekend show is organized by Ana Paula Fuentes, a former museum director and textile expert.
The added joy of having the exhibition at El Diablo y La Sandia is meeting owner and host Maria Crespo. She is selling a private label mezcal that is SO GOOD and so reasonably priced that I had to buy a bottle. But, before that, I got a good buzz sampling the different varieties she has to offer.
The green bottles are hand-blown glass from the State of Puebla. They are the traditional mezcal containers and make a beautiful decorative display. Several antique shops in Oaxaca offer these for sale, too.
El Camino de los Altos welcomes visitors to its San Cristobal de Las Casas shop at Restaurante Madre Tierra, Insurgentes #19, Barrio Santa Lucia. Their workshop is at Cerrada Prolongacion Peje de Oro #3-A, Carrio de Cixtitali. Telephone (967) 631-6944
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