Today we have more meetings with the ladies before heading off to Santo Tomas Jalieza on the other side of the Oaxaca valley in search of the makers of a new bag we discovered in the market. This is a small town which specializes in back strap weaving in cotton. The style is very distinctive and rather than try to explain it, I will upload images later today.
For those of you who are interested in traveling to Oaxaca or just learning more about it, here are a few interesting links to whet your appetite!
The enthusiastic owner, Eric Mindling, has lived in Oaxaca for many years and is an expert on the ceramics of Oaxaca, textiles, and, well, the back roads. He offers amazing day tours surrounding Oaxaca City as well as longer trips.
Susana Trilling, an American woman living in Oaxaca, has established quite a reputation as an expert on Oaxacan cuisine. She has written cook books on the subject and has a gorgeous cooking school out in the countryside surrounding Oaxaca City. She offers day long cooking classes which tour the local markets first, then spend the remainder of the day at her school.
http://www.oaxacacalendar.com — A simple list of activities going on in Oaxaca, day to day, month to month. It doesn’t include everything, but it’s a good start!