Countdown to 2017 Dreamweavers Exhibition and Sale
Puerto Escondido’s popular cultural celebration and sale is back! And it’s bigger and better than ever. The 2017 Dreamweavers Exhibition and Sale will be taking place on January 22, 2017 and you don’t want to miss it.
Hosted by local resident and culture maven Patrice Perillie, the event features weavings from the Tixinda Cooperative in Pinotepa de Don Luis, a community high in the mountains above Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico. With each purchase you’ll be helping preserve an ancient tradition.
These women weavers create magic on their backstrap looms, weaving colourful huipils (tunic dresses), bed linens, table cloths and smaller items such as wallets, purses and pillows. The dyes are all-natural and quite rare. They use yarn dyed blue from the anil (indigo plant), red from crushed cochineal (cacti bugs) and Tixinda, the sacred purple dye “milked” from a rare Purpura sea snail found in a remote bay between Huatulco and Puerto Escondido. It can take the milk from 1000 snails to dye one reboso (shawl). The weaving is rare, beautiful and highly-prized by collectors.
But the event isn’t just about weaving. You can also discover other museum quality work created by master artisans such as Irene B. Aguilar Alcantara, Josfina Aguilar and other members of the Aguilar family, renowned folk art craftspeople from Ocotlán de Morelos. You can read about their work on Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art but Irene is best known for her sculptures of musicians, Frida Kahlo, ”women of the night” and catrinas, the elegantly dressed female figures for Day of the Dead.
You’ll also find mermaids, fantastical figures and Virgens of Soledad, all of them capturing moments of daily pueblo life and evoking the whimsical humour of Mexican folk art ceramics.
At previous Dreamweavers events you’ve also been able to purchase work by PINTANDO PASOS, a community of painters in Oaxaca who are preserving Mixteco traditions in modern ways. Their products, which have been featured by Rolling Stone magazine and leading museums, include trendy Converse running shoes embellished with images of hummingbirds, flowers, butterflies and other symbols drawn from nature.
The annual sale will held on Sunday January 22, 2017 at the beautiful Hotel Santa Fe above their Cafe Cafetal on Playa Zicatela
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm ( arrive early for the best selection)
Payment: Take cash in pesos.
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