Oaxaca rug weaving patterns

Our first thoughts of visiting Oaxaca came from an interest in the weaving that is produced in the state. Our primary interest in weaving is in the handmade production of cloth, some of which is done there but this region is most famous for its rug weavings.

Once we started our research on Oaxaca we learned about the fantastic reputation for food, crafts other than weaving like wood carving and pottery making, its importance as the Motherland of Mezcal production.

Palenquero Fortunato Hernández and familyWe were interested in experiencing the differences and similarities in the history and the culture of the indigenous Zapotec peoples predominate in Southern Oaxaca and the Maya peoples we had experiences with in the states of Quintana Roo, Yucatan and Chiapas.

One of the things we like to do when we visit new places is to research local festivals and holidays and when we looked at July in Oaxaca, we realized it was the season of the “Mac Daddy” of festivals in Oaxaca; the Guelaguetza (dance) Festival.

Mitla ChurchSo we made the decision to include Oaxaca along with a return visit to San Cristóbal de las Casas for a trip in July 2017.

So these became our priorities and are reported on pages of this web site at the following links: