Mark your calendar for January 27, 10am-4pm for the annual Women’s Weaving Cooperative sale. With each purchase you’ll be helping preserve an ancient tradition. Proceeds from every purchase go to support the Tixinda Cooperative, a group of women weavers of Pinotepa de Don Luis, a community high in the mountains above Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico.
The women are masters in the ancient art of using backstrap looms to weave colourful huipils (tunic dresses), bed linens, table cloths and smaller items such as wallets, purses and pillows. The dyes are all-natural and quite rare. Cochinilla, a red dye is created from crushed beetles while Tixinda, the sacred purple dye is “milked” from a rare Purpura sea snail found in a remote bay between Huatulco and Puerto Escondido. It can take the milk from 1000 snails to dye one reboso (shawl).
A few years ago, I participated in a journey to the bay where I had the opportunity to watch the men of the village harvest the snail dye. I was struck by the care they took with the snail and not damage it, thus preserving the tradition for future generations.
The annual sale is held each January at the Dreamweavers Hall near La Punta. Admission is free. The sale is located at Casa Tejesuenos on Carr. Costera 50 m. after Policia Federal in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico. Follow the signs!
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