Textiles, Tortillas, Handicrafts
Mexico is exciting: great food, beaches, people, sights and sounds. And Oaxaca is no exception. First it is a beautiful city, rich with culture, art and music. Then there is the food! Oaxaca is known for its mole, a chocolate sauce with spices, usually served on chicken. At the restaurants you can often find seven different types of mole.
Take in a Guelaguetza performance, showing traditional clothing and folkloric dances.
Outside of Oaxaca in the foothills, you can visit many of the artists’ workshops. You can find barro negro, which is black pottery and alebrijes, small wood carved animals that are painted in bright colors.
We took a tour with this great organization called Fundación en Via http://www.envia.org/. This organization helped women start their own small businesses with a small loan. The money we spent for the tour helped one woman receive a new oven. The oven helped her make tortillas without breathing all of the smoke from the fire. She used a large comal over the fire and showed us how to make our own corn tortillas. We were able to tour many other small business ideas, such as, small local markets, a family who weaves rugs, and a garlic farm. This organization was such a good idea!
Another wonderful organization was Oaxaca Street Children (http://www.oaxacastreetchildrengrassroots.org). Here we had a great time painting and designing fish for the coral reef. The children were so excited to receive the gift of a new sets of paints!