Textile lover? This is my happy place in Mexico

Embroidered wall hangings and quilts from Mexico and Guatemala

Embroidered wall hangings and quilts from Mexico and Guatemala

I’ve had a full house of textile lovers here at Art House Oaxaca — and thought I’d bring you along to some of my favorite places to oogle (and shop for) handmade textiles in Oaxaca.

If this is something you’d like to do with me, details are here.

Embroidered aprons for sale in rows of stalls at the market

Embroidered aprons for sale in rows of stalls at the market

Mexican markets are an assault of the senses.

Color. Pattern. Texture.

If you’ve been to my in-person workshops, or have seen photos of me working in my studio, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of the embroidered aprons that are made in Oaxaca.

shopping for embroidered aprons

Time to pick out some aprons! Bet you can’t choose just one!

The market stalls are floor to ceiling racks of embroidered aprons.

Suzy and Deedee and I spent hours here, relishing all of the details. And of course shopping.

The flowers and borders on the aprons are machine-embroidered, following patterns drawn in chalk.

I wear these aprons as paint smocks, and also for their intended purpose, in the kitchen for cooking.

The two big pockets in the front of the apron are large enough for my phone, keys, and coin purse – handy for dashing out without a purse.

twin girls in their embroidered aprons from Mexico

5 year old twin sisters modeled their aprons

These twins sisters were sitting in one of the market taco stalls, and agreed to pose for us.

I love giving these aprons as gifts. They come in all sizes. Even baby sized. My friends and I love wearing the fancier aprons over our skirts with a tee shirt or tank top underneath in the summer.

Natural dye bath boiling on the patio

Boiling the dye bath for red – made from Cochineal

After the market, I took the gals into some of the Zapotec rug weaver’s homes. The weavers usually have a shop in front of their house, on the street.

Inside on the patio, they are spinning, carding and dying the wool.

We arrived just as a new dye bath was boiling to cook Cochineal, used to make various shades of pink and red natural dye.

Hanging from every spare surface around the patio — gorgeous hanks of hand-dyed wool in tones of yellow and saffron.

That’s Suzy with her selection. An indigo-dyed Zapotec weaving.

It was the folk art that first brought me to Oaxaca back in 2000.

One of the things I love most about bringing other artists and art lovers to Oaxaca is bringing them directly to the makers and artists.

The people of Oaxaca are so warm and generous in opening up their homes and workshops and showing us their traditional techniques passed down through generations.

Do you love textiles?

I’m getting ready to teach a travel journal and art tour workshop here in Mexico in March. Right now there are 2 spots left. Is one of them yours?

Pop over here for details and to reserve your space.

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