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The Mex Files

Happy feet and sad songs:

(Sombrero tip to Laura Carlsen)

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Mexican Table Runners

Mexican Table Runners

Almost every region has a style of textile for which it is known. And almost every region has artisans who weave handmade table runners. This lovely blue and red woven table runner comes from the state of Chiapas, specifically, San Andres de Larrainzar. This, and many others, are woven on a backstrap loom. Super amazing and a lot of work. These women are SO talented.

I like to purchase table runners wherever I go in Mexico because they can be used on the table or for other things (like pillows) or even used to cover lampshades. We have a number of table runners at the moment in the online shop. Click on the photo for the blue and red one, but take a look around for other table runners from Chiapas and other states in Mexico.


Making Natural Dyes in Teotitlan de Valle, Oaxaca

These are beautiful photos of the process of naturally dyeing and weaving textiles in Teotitlan de Valle, Oaxaca. A mí, me encantan.


Ceramics from Capula, Michoacan

Ceramics from Capula, Michoacan

Some of you know that Capula, Michoacan is famous for its artisans who make gorgeous Day of the Dead catrinas. But did you know that there are other ceramics for which they are equally well known? Here is an example of a very unusual piece from Capula. It’s unusual because of the color combination–usually they are terracotta background with black fish and other designs. This one is orange, blue, cream and yellow! Super beautiful and unique. The painting in the pointillism style is superb. Click on the photo to take you to the online shop.


Otomi Embroidered Textiles, Handmade in Mexico

Otomi Embroidered Textiles, Handmade in Mexico

This is a beautiful placemat sized Otomi embroidery that I found in Oaxaca. The Otomi Indians live in various places–Hidalgo, Puebla, Oaxaca–and their textiles can be found throughout the country. Just be careful about the quality, they can vary widely depending on the skill of the artisan. Usually Otomi embroideries (which come in several different sizes) are done on an off-white muslin background. These 5 pieces are on a very nice black cotton. Can you imagine it framed or made into a pillow? The colors are as they appear in this photo–vivid!

Click on the photo to take you to the online shop!


Mazahua Sterling Silver Earrings, Mexico

Mazahua Sterling Silver Earrings, Mexico

The fancy traditional silver earrings by the Mazahua people are recognizably Mexican. This pair is so beautiful and the details are available by clicking on the photo! What a lovely Valentine’s Day gift that would be, hmmm….