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A trip to Oaxaca...

The second part of this trip was to the beautiful state of Oaxaca, this time in the

company of my husband and partner in Bohetnika. I have to mention the great

support he has been, although he does not appear so much in publications or

photos, but he and his passion for Mexico have been a great pillar for Bohetnika

to move forward.

Having mentioned this, I will tell you that we started in Mexico City, where we

rented a car to head south to Oaxaca. Those who have traveled there, will not let

me lie that the views of the landscapes are spectacular. For those of us who love

cactus, this is a Cactus paradise!

Our first appointment was with the artisan Nayelli Lorenzo, from the beautiful

community of San Juan Colorado, a town that borders the state of Oaxaca. She

came in the company of her family and represented a beautiful cooperative of

200 women artisans called Jiñi ñi'u. They are the ones who make beautiful

huipiles in waist loom with impressive figures representative of their community

and that come to life thanks to the natural dyes that they obtain from plants and

flowers of their surroundings. A true work of art!

Do you want to see the process? It is definitely beautiful, basically they use

Nayelli & Liz / Oaxaca December 2018

Do you want to see the process? It is definitely beautiful, basically they use natural ingredients such as Cempasúchitl flower which is famous for being used in the festivities of the Day of the Dead in Mexico, from there you get a beautiful yellow color. There is another herb which they call "The grass of love"and with which they obtain a beautiful purple color. The green is obtained from the fresh indigo and there is another shade of lighter yellow which is obtained from the guava leaf.

One wonderful thing is that this community works with "Coyuche" cotton, which is a light brown cotton typical of Oaxaca, which is commonly found in the coastal area. This cotton is in danger of extinction, so look closely at how the process is a wonderful thing.

People say that a picture is worth a thousand words, here I share some photos provided by our dear Nayelli:

Cempasúchil (Mexican Marigold) / Natural dye

Nayelli's mom working with "Coyuche" cotton

Cotton drying after being colored with natural dyes.

The next day, we had another adventure already planned: a trip for three hours to the beautiful community of San Sebastián Río Hondo to see the process of making garments made with organic cotton. In this beautiful community located in the mountains to the south of Oaxaca, we met Cheo Ramírez and his wife Felipa Ramírez who very kindly took us through the town explaining the whole process. Here, in the same way, they use the "Coyuche" cotton which people from Oaxaca harvest organically, and although they do not yet have a certificate, the whole procedure is very transparent and 100% manual by artisans from these communities. But...check my next post to tell you how they work!

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