Modela's Guide to Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico
Heirlooms in the Making: The Backstrap Textiles of Rosa
Modela’s guide to Oaxaca explores artisans, markets, restaurants, shopping and more!
Weaving Magic Since 1920: Cotton Textiles by the Mendez Family
For generations, the women in Rosa's family have been creating handwoven wool textiles using natural undyed wool, which they card, spin and weave with incredible skill on backstrap looms in Chiapas, Mexico.
Tradition Meets Innovation: The Ceramics of Francisco
Emiliano Mendez, the family patriarch, and his wife of 54 years, Delfina, strive to produce innovative new designs on a yearly basis, along with the help of their immediate and extended family. The family are regularly chosen to participate in a host of exhibitions, and have won awards for their textile work that has helped to grow their recognition across Mexico and beyond.
With a family history rooted in handmade pottery work, Francisco learned the tools of his trade from generations of artisans. Francisco continues to honor the work of his ancestors through his current creative practice, however he has taken the teachings of his inspired lineage to the next level by introducing unusual natural elements to his work.