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.

Mixteco weaver at Dreamweaver event

Mixteco weaver at Dreamweaver event

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.

Patrice Perillie hosts the Dreamweavers event an important source of revenue for the cooperative

Patrice Perillie hosts the Dreamweavers event an important source of revenue for the cooperative

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.

Irene R Aguilar Alcantara and one of her ceramic mermaids

Irene R Aguilar Alcantara and one of her ceramic mermaids

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.

Gina Machorro ( Tourist booth fame) and a family of visitors

Gina Machorro ( Tourist booth fame) and a family of visitors

Travel Planner

The annual sale will held on Sunday January 22, 2017 at the beautiful Hotel Santa Fe above their Cafe Cafetal on Playa Zicatela

Admission: free.

Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm ( arrive early for the best selection)

Payment: Take cash in pesos.

Interested in more information about what to do, see and experience in Puerto Escondido? Check out these posts:

7 Awesome Natural Wonders in Puerto Escondido 

8 Weird Foods to Try in Puerto Escondido, Mexico

Riding Horseback to Atotonilco Hot Springs in Puerto Escondido

Swimming with the Stars in Oaxaca’s Bioluminescent Lagoon 

 

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  • esperanza
    Reply

    What a great way to spend a holiday, enjoying so many unique and wonderful crafts created by such talented artisans!

  • Culture Tripper
    Reply

    What a gorgeous purple that weaving is! And the mermaid is adorable. Oaxaca does seem to be a hotbed of exquisite crafts, both ancient and new.

  • Ellen Liversidge
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    I saw the work of the Tixinda Cooperative last week at the Writers’ Conference in San Miguel de Allende and would like to buy more. Do you know of an online site for purchase? The work is beautiful.

    • Michele Peterson
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      Hi Ellen,,,thanks for getting in touch! I’m so glad you had a chance to see the cooperative’s work. It really is incredible stuff and I feel honoured to have been able to see the shell dyers gather the dye from the snails in the sea. I don’t know of an online source but I’ve sent a note to Patrice to see if there is a way anyone can place an order and will post back as soon as I hear.

      • Michele Peterson
        Reply

        Good news! The Tixinda Cooperative of Pinotepa de Don Luis will be launching an Etsy store and a website. For now, you can contact them at [email protected]

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