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Tour: Barro rojo (Red Clay) Pottery, Velas, & Cochineal Cultivation
Tour: Barro rojo (Red Clay) Pottery, Velas, & Cochineal Cultivation

Sat, Feb 03

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Estacionamiento El Llano

Tour: Barro rojo (Red Clay) Pottery, Velas, & Cochineal Cultivation

This new tour will visit San Marcos Tlapazola known as the barro rojo (red clay) pottery village. Pieces are formed by hand with no pottery wheel and we will witness the process. We then visit the village of San Bartolomé Quialana where handmade Zapotec Quialanita dolls are produced.

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Feb 03, 2024, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Estacionamiento El Llano, Dr. Liceaga 117, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax., Mexico

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Trip description

This tour will take us to three workshops where women will demonstrate their artistry and talk about their craft. About 15 minutes from Tlacalula, San Marcos Tlapazola has become known as the barro rojo (red clay) pottery village. For generations, the women of the village have made their way to the hillsides to dig out the iron-oxide rich earth needed for their work. Pieces are formed by hand with no pottery wheels in sight and we will witness the process. Simple tools made from leather, corn husks, and stone are passed down from woman to woman and treasured within families. Pots and comals, dishes and mugs, and recently more decorative pieces are all on display. We will then go to Teotitlan, where first we will visit Velas San Pascual,a candle workshop with a tradition going back several generations. Elaborate candles are fashioned by hand from beeswax sourced locally. The candles are both decorative and used for various rituals. Finally we will visit a very enterprising young woman who cultivates her own cochineal to ward off the rising price of this precious component of her weaving and dyeing business. And she has an organic farm. Lunch will follow at the farm, a true farm–to–table experience.

 

Not included: Lunch will be in Teotitlan –  about 200- pesos for food and drink..

Additional Costs:  None. Please bring cash for purchases of pottery, candles, and/or woven goids as credit cards may not be accepted.

This tour will depart on time at 9:00 am  from the parking lot across from the south side of Llano Park. Plan to arrive 15 minutes before departure time. Unclaimed seats may be re-sold at boarding time.

If this tour is sold out, you can take a chance that seats may be available and come to the boarding spot 15 minutes before departure. These seats must be paid for in cash.

No Refunds will be available. If you are not able to attend the event, you are welcome to sell your reservation to others. Please notify the library of change of name for reservation.

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