Traditional huipiles, quechquemitl, jorongos, blouses, belts and other garments are worn in many indigenous villages in Mexico. On this page you can find some of my favorites and the reasons I like them. These villages will be changing as new towns are added to the web site. Click on the picture for a gallery of photos from the town.
Preservation - Altipexi, Puebla - Leocadia would embroider traditional Altipexi blouses and then give them to young brides as a gift so they would always remember their traditional roots. The Altepexi blouse is heavily embroidered and there are still many women that wear it. Adventure- Jupare, Sonora- The Mayo are not known to allow visitors to film their ceremonies. So, when the opportunity arose because a relative of a friend was Municipal president of Huatabampo, Sonoroa I couldn't resist.
Productivity - Augahuan, Michoacan - The town maintains a strong textile tradition and almost every home has women weaving or embroidering. The traditional costume is worn by all generations. Products include belts, rebozos, ponchos, blankets, blouses, aprons and skirts and table cloths. Heart - Ocotlan, Oaxaca, is my heart. I lived in the town for 4 years. There are handicrafts such as weaving, pottery, embroidery, leather work, knife making, sandals, and basket weaving. There is giant Indian market on Friday.
Beauty - Ayutla, Oaxaca- The beauty of this small town has few peers. Located in the Mazateca Baja region, the town and its inhabitants have created a system of paved paths through the town. When you walk through the town it seems like a garden paradise. Diversity - Tehuatlan, Hidalgo - On a recent visit to this village's Saturday market I photographed 12 different costumes. The Nahua peoples from the mountains above the town speak little Spanish and come to the market in large numbers. More to come!!!
Cooperation - Chicahuastla, Oaxaca - It is difficult to walk into a new village and find people who are willing to show me their work. The easiest way is to buy something. However, in this village, after I explained the project to a young woman, she took me to her home to see her mother weaving and to explain some details about the designs and the lore of their huipil. Uniqueness - Palantla, Guerrero - To date I still haven’t found a map that shows the 13 towns that make up this group. Their costume is made from store-bought material and wrought into one of the most colorful in Mexico. The area is difficult to find and you MUST hire a guide if you intend to go there.
Adventure- Cotzocon Mixe, Oaxaca – Although the town has an active weaving community, its remote location in the Sierra Mixe limits their market. The road to Cotzocon is 2 hours from the nearest paved road. The panoramic views are stunning, as is Malinche their sacred mountain. Cultural preservation - Ojitlan,Oaxaca - The women of Ojitlan, Oaxaca, have a handicrafts union that was very active during my visit in 2001. The women would teach one another different types of designs and techniques. They gladly showed me the weaving process and explained the differences between the gala and day-to-day huipiles.
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