Steven L. Smith, Bellingham, WA Home Inspector (King of the House)

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Oaxaca Weavings On Display

 In yesterday's post, I wrote about a lady who is considered to be one of the top weavers in Oaxaca, an area known for artisans. Actually, her shop is in Teotitlan, a small village just outside Oaxaca. This village is noted for having a population of world class weavers and fabric artists. They raise the animals for the wool, shear the animals, card, spin and dye the fibers. You can see yesterday's post here 

In the comments yesterday, it was requested that I display photos of some of this artists work. I was blasting away, so I did not get the greatest of photos, but these will have to do.

I do not have the lady's name at the tip of my tongue but, if anyone is interested in buying any of her work, I can get her name. She ships her work all over the world.  I can come up with her name because she is a friend of our friend Nora, who runs the wonderful B&B La Casa De Mis Recuerdos where we stay when down Mexico way in Oaxaca.

This first weaving is the one that we bought and, when we decided to get it, they (weaver and husband) finished the weaving by putting fringe around it, hence this shot of their handy work. This piece was colored with all natural dyes -- the red is from a worm they squeeze and the other colors are derived from plants and minerals from the region. We got quite a treatise on, and a demo of, the whole process.

  

         

 

         

               

Steven L. Smith

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Comment balloon 11 commentsSteven L. Smith • January 26 2011 10:52AM

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These are fabulous.  Lucky you to buy from the weavers, to meet them.  What a great memory each time you see your piece.

 

Posted by Priscilla Dakin (HomeMarketNM.com) about 8 years ago

Steven, Thanks for adding the pictures, they are beautiful weavings.  I love buying interesting pieces on vacation...they are so much more meaningful!

Posted by Karin Lundeen, Realtor Centennial Homes For Sale (Keller Williams Realty - Denver Southlands) about 8 years ago

Neat!!! It is cool to watch local artisans at work and learn about their craft...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) about 8 years ago

Steve,

Beautiful stuff there

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

Beautiful stuff Steve.  I still have a lot of weavings that I got in South America many decades ago!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

Jay,

With your contacts maybe you could focus on getting Nusty back home. He is still stranded in Guatamala because someone he was counting on did not send cash but sent clams, which spoiled.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 8 years ago

Well, the Paypal account number sent to me, by somebody, did not accept credit card numbers, cash, bread, dough, moolah, green, Franklins, banknotes, coin, specie, bucks, pesos, dinero, liquid assets (surprisingly), sterling, currency, readies, loot or shekels.  All they accepted were clams.  The spoiling happened because of the slowness on the other end.  And the overnight postage wasn't cheap!

What did anyone else do?

Did he try Ti'kal?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

Jay,

Barbara and James semt him contributions. You were crowing that you would take care of the little fellow. He quit hustling when he was counting on you. And you provided nothing but rotten clams.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 8 years ago

Well, what Paypal number did you send them?  And why was it different than mine?  And why didn't their help get him home?

And did he try Ti'kal?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

P.s.  I didn't "crow."  I was being a helpful Scout and doing my good turn, which I do daily.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

Howdy and evening to you Steve

Steve,
those sure are mighty fine looking Rugs, that the lady makes.

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) about 8 years ago

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