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Looms, weavers and the sacred snail on Mexico's Costa Chica by Geri Anderson

Pinotepa de Don Luis in Oaxaca is the remote Mixtec village where women weave their wrap-around skirts on backstrap looms, using yarn dyed blue from the anil (indigo plant), red from the cochineal (cacti bugs) and purple harvested from snails. It's the only place in Mexico where this pre-Hispanic process is still practiced.

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Looms, weavers and the sacred snail on Mexico's Costa Chica Geri Anderson

"Don Luis, aquí. Aquí, Don Luis," yelled a group of white-shirted men. They were calling for passengers in the camionera central in Pinotepa Nacional near the border of Oaxaca and Guerrero. We had d... read more
Published or Updated on: April 3, 2011 by Geri Anderson © 2011
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