e’ve pulled together selections of images from our archives that showcase different traditional arts and artisans we work with, such as the Zapotec potters of San Marcos Tlapazola, where  our Oaxacan Clay workshop takes place, or the Purpura shell dyeing on the coast of Oaxaca, where we travel on our Oaxacan natural dyes workshop and Fiber Arts of the Oaxacan Coast tour. We also have put together slideshows that take you on overview journeys of some of our tours, like the Traditional Arts of Michoacan.

All of the images come from our cameras and from the places we travel. We offer these as a treat for your eyes and mind, to show you another world, to inform you about different traditions and places, and of course to whet your appetite for a trip with us one of these days.

Enjoy!  And check back in as we will be adding more visual stories as time allows. 

Eric Mindling

Dyeing Murex on the Oaxacan Coast.  Dyeing with one of the last ancestral Purpura (murex) dyers on the planet on the coast of Oaxaca. See related article in our Manos Trabajando section. Visit the dyers on our Fiber Arts of the Oaxacan Coast or our Oaxacan Natural Dyes tour.

Oaxacan Silk. A visit to the last traditional cultivators of Spanish silk in Mexico. See related article in our Manos Trabajando section. Visit the silk villages on our Fiber Arts of the Oaxacan Highlands tour.

Traditional Arts of Michoacan. A pre- Easter adventure into the heart of Michoacan, the Purepecha people and their traditional arts and festivals. Join us on the Traditional Arts of Michoacan journey.

Zapotec Pottery Part 1. Making Clay and Forming. A visit to the Zapotec village of San Marcos Tlapazola in the Oaxaca valley to see how the potters there prepare their clay and form it into vessels. This technique, quite active today, has been used in the village for 200 generations. See related article in our Manos Trabajando section. Work with these potters during the Oaxacan Clay workshop.

Zapotec Pottery Part 2. Firing. See how the pottery of San Marcos Tlapazola is fired using the 4,000 year-old tumble stack, surface fire technique, classic to Mesoamerica.  Work with these potters during the Oaxacan Clay workshop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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