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 teach a travel journal and art tour workshops here in Mexico —Pop over here for details.

5 Responses to Textile lover? This is my happy place in Mexico

  1. Deedee Hampton February 17, 2018 at 7:31 pm #

    Lisa- traveling with you was so wonderful & inspiring as you turned us on to so many textile treasures in & around Oaxaca City. Our stay at your Oaxaca Art House with its fabulous location & comfy beds was a real pleasure!!! I would highly recommend this experience to everyone!!!!!

    • Lisa Sonora February 17, 2018 at 8:06 pm #

      Deedee – Thank you so much! I’m so thrilled you loved it – means a lot as you’re quite the traveller AND artist! Come back soon! xoxo

  2. Deedee Hampton February 17, 2018 at 7:28 pm #

    Lisa- what an immense pleasure it was traveling with you as you turned us on to all the textile treasures in & around Oaxaca City!!! Staying at your Oaxaca Art House with its fabulous location & comfy beds was a real pleasure!!! I would highly recommend it to everyone!!!!!

  3. Claire February 15, 2018 at 2:54 am #

    A friend has just returned from Mexico – the contrast between her colourful Mexican photos and the grey skies of her homecoming was striking!

    And I wanted to tell you – I gave another friend your Creative Entrepeneur book for Christmas, and she’s loving working through it – she recently opened a wee shop/art gallery 🙂

    • Lisa Sonora February 17, 2018 at 6:25 pm #

      Thank you, Claire for sharing The Creative Entrepreneur. And for reading!

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