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Traditions Mexico Cultural Journeys

Natividad Amador

Hailing from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, the region of Mexico that inspired much of Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe, Natividad paints with thread. Her work is the most beautiful traditionally inspired, contemporary textile work I know. She has a background both in the traditional embroidery that Juchitan and the Isthmus is famous for and training as a…

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December 21, 2019

The Isthmus Look

In 2014 when I first began the photography for my book, Oaxaca Stories in Cloth, the Isthmus of Tehuantepec was on the shortlist of regions I wanted to visit. The regional fashion is undeniably alluring, made of satin and velvet, delicately hand-stitched floral designs, abundant lace, gold, beribboned floral hair arrangements, long sweeping skirts, silk…

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December 11, 2019

Keith Recker True Colors

Keith Recker has done a heap of fascinating things in his life from being an executive at Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales to being the founder of the beautiful HAND/EYE magazine. He is the creative director of the International Folk Art Market, a senior consultant at Pantone Color Institute and contributing editor at Table Magazine….

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November 28, 2019

Juana Gutierrez, Natural Dyer.

We’re so excited to share our new interview with Juana Gutierrez with you today! The ancient art of natural dyeing was nearly lost among the weavers of Teotitlan Del Valle in the middle of the last century. But today it enjoying a spectacular comeback among a handful of very skilled dyers in the village. Juana…

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November 19, 2019

Back Porch Work

I want to tell you about a fun little project I’ve dreamt up that has me rambling through the villages of southern Mexico once again.  But first, who am I that’s doing the telling? My name is Eric, AKA the founder of Traditions Mexico. Some of you who I have met while guiding trips through…

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November 6, 2019

An Interview with Amy Butler Greenfield

Amy Butler Greenfield took a deep dive into the fascinating history of this planet’s best natural red dye, cochineal, and wrote a book called A Perfect Red to share the story. Spaniards, Aztecs, conquest, riches, sumptuousness, treason all in the story of a bug the size of shrivelled pea.  I first met Amy when she…

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October 30, 2019

A Perfect Red: The Tale of a Dye

Left in the sun to dry, it is about the size of a shrivelled split pea, purple-black in colour with furrowed wrinkles across the back that are filled with a remnant of white dust. Alive and in full parasitic glory it is twice that size, like a little blimp covered in powdered sugar with a…

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October 24, 2019

Demetrio Bautista Lazo. Master Natural Dyer and Weaver

Demetrio Bautista is a master tapestry weaver and natural dyer from the Mexican village of Teotitlan del Village in the state of Oaxaca. He is tri-lingual, travels internationally to show his weavings and is highly regarded in the world of natural dyers. Weaving has been a trade in Teotitlan for centuries. In this interview he…

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October 18, 2019

A Farewell to Teresa

March 2019, our last visit with Teresita We come and we go, that’s the nature of this game. Each side of that journey, coming into and going out of this life, is a big deal. And so is what happens in between. It’s everything we’ve got. The leaving tends to be the hardest, at least…

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October 9, 2019

Family Ties – The importance of the great grandmother in Oaxaca

For those of you who haven’t had chance to read it yet, below we share Eric’s heartfelt article in issue 89 of Selvedge Magazine. A lovely tale of time-old traditions passed on through generations in Oaxaca, we hope you enjoy it. Those interested can buy individual issues or subscribe to Selvedge via their website.

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September 30, 2019

6 Natural Dyeing Resources and One Very Colorful Tour

I’ve had natural dyes on my mind for two reasons. First, because of one of the most enjoyable parts of my job, daydreaming up worthy new tours. And I’ve been conjuring up a couple of colorful (quite literally) adventures all about natural dyes and the textiles they love. One in Oaxaca, the other in Peru….

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September 23, 2019


Men with purple fingernails are not such a common site along the remote coasts of Mexico. Yet for a thousand years or so there has been an elite crew of such men working their way along the rocky shorelines of Mexico and Central America. These were the men on the front row of one of…

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August 23, 2019