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Tour - Silk manufactory in San Pedro Cajones
Tour - Silk manufactory in San Pedro Cajones

Thu, Feb 09

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Oaxaca de Juárez

Tour - Silk manufactory in San Pedro Cajones

Details to follow soonWe will visit Moises Martinez Velasco and his family, perhaps the most celebrated silk weavers. Also on the agenda will be a stop to see grandmothers working with ixtle - agave fibers.

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Time & Location

Feb 09, 2023, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Oaxaca de Juárez, 17°04'01.6"N 96°43'09.8"W

About the event

San Pedro Cajonos, founded in 1700, sits at an altitude of 1848 meters ( 6063 feet) in the

Sierra Norte mountains 94 Kms (58 miles) northeast of Oaxaca. The town is home to 1100

people. It is notable chiefly because several families in the village grow silkworms, from which

they spin and dye silk and then weave it on backstrap looms. We will visit Moises Martinez

Velasco and his family, perhaps the most celebrated silk weavers. Also on the agenda will be a

stop to see grandmothers working with ixtle - agave fibers. The agave leaves are stripped,

soaked, pounded to soften them, and then spun into 2-ply strands which are woven to make

sturdy bags.

Be forewarned that it is a long ( three hour) and arduous drive to Cajonos, but there is

wonderful scenery on the way to this remote village. Those who experience motion sickness

should come prepared. Another word of caution: this is a rustic town built on a steep

mountainside, so there are steps and sloping sidewalks everywhere. Tour participants should

wear sturdy shoes and watch their footing carefully.

Because of the long distance and added travel time, this tour will cost 500 pesos for OLL members and 550 pesos for non-members.

Lunch:  will be in one of the small local restaurants. Expect limited menu, but tasty food at a good price.

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