Luckily, several years ago, I had a job training Mexican English teachers in Mexico, in both the State of Mexico and in Oaxaca. For four years, I was able to travel around the country easily during vacations and breaks, and I got completely hooked on the traditional cultures and on collecting samples of beautiful textiles.
Then I started a blog, Living Textiles of Mexico where I posted short excerpts and photographs about my travels, impressions of places and people, and also textile shopping hints. Taking photographs is my way of “collecting” traditional culture to review and to enjoy over and over again. It’s also a reminder of all the color and alegria, or happiness, I experience throughout Mexico. After a while, I realized that I had more than enough information to write a book. I wanted to give something back to all the artisans who had befriended me and who’d invited me into their culture.
Textile Fiestas of Mexico–A Traveler’s Guide to Celebrations, Markets, and Smart Shopping is a compilation of my adventures and exploration of Mexico’s traditional festivals and markets over the last ten years. Many of the events I write about in my guide are well-known in Mexico and were recommended by other textile aficionados. I also include some more remote festivals, like the Coffee and Huipil Fair in Cuetzalan, Puebla. I have visited there several times now, as it is such a unique and traditionally authentic Mexican event.
My hope is that this guide will help support the artisans so they can continue to create their beautiful traditional textiles. Luckily, Thrums Books, is on the same page. This guide is not only to educate textile buyers about where to go and what to buy, it is also to honor the talented artisans working to preserve the traditions and cultures of Mexico.
Viva el mundo textil de Mexico!