|I had to go down a side street to find out who she was.|
cooperatives where it is possible to buy handicrafts that bear the artisan's name and tribal origin. My friend, Frida, is standing in front of such a coop.
The brightly coloured alebrijes are carved in outlying pueblos by Zapotec carvers. Monsieur and I watched them being carved on an earlier visit.
The black pottery is only made in one pueblo of Oaxaca.
I already have alebrijes, a little black pot and a number of table runners but the textiles and clothing are so colourful!
The artisan cooperatives are like bright treasure chests of colour.
Since I have chosen my "authentic" hair colour, grey and blue are my neutrals. Somehow, they're just not such exciting colours in the tropical zones. I have bought one "made in Mexico" top to brighten my look. It's not really ethnic so I will be able to wear it at home.
Wherever we have travelled, Monsieur and I have purchased small souvenirs but as we get older perhaps a photo is enough. On the other hand, the principal industry of the state of Oaxaca is handicrafts. I do enjoy making a few purchases and the cost of goods is low. Perhaps my small suitcase will have a few additions when I return home.
|a vividly painted alebrije|
|Black pottery comes in every size.|
|The blue dress could be worn at home.|
|Oh, I wish that I could still wear orange!|
|my favourite Oaxaca restaurant|