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Video Features Textile Exhibition at Museo Arte Popular Oaxaca

Skeins of wool yarn hand spun and naturally dy...

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Museo Arte Popular Oaxaca is a cultural center in San Bartolo de Coyotopec, the famous  village that produces barro negro (black pottery) on the road toward Ocotlan.

Featured this month is “Tres Colores — Indigo, Cochineal y Caracol,” an exhibition of textiles from throughout Oaxaca state curated by Alejandro de Avila Blomberg.  The textiles are part of Remigio Mestas’ collection.  Remigio works with and promotes the textiles created by the state’s most accomplished weavers.  The colors refer to the natural dyes of blue, red and purple that are indigenous to the region.

This captivating video by Sheri Brautigam of Living Textiles of Mexico provides a visual feast.  I’m happy to share it with you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rw6T92FrhYs

Remigio identifies and works with only the most extraordinary and talented weavers in the represented villages.  His gallery is on Macedonio Alcala located in the patio entry to Restaurante Los Danzantes.

Oaxaca Lending Library — Making Connections for Gringos

A year ago my friend Shannon Pixley Sheppard left Mill Valley, California, to settle in Oaxaca.  She took an early retirement from her career as a librarian and decided to make her way south where life is vibrant and a retirement income can stretch considerably.  She volunteers at the Oaxaca Lending Library which is a cultural center for transplanted norteamericanos (canadienses and estadounidenses).  The OLL also provides important educational support for community libraries that are dedicated to local populations.

I want to share this link with you.  Shannon has just written about some upcoming events that showcase the vibrancy of social and cultural life in Oaxaca.  If you are considering a vacation or an extended stay or even contemplating a move to Oaxaca, this is an excellent reference point for you.

Shannon lives perched on a hillside off Calle Crespo where she has annointed her apartment Casita Colibri.  You can read her posts here!