Monday, July 15, 2013

Friday (Monday) Fashion Finds - Oaxaca, Mexico Edition

Greetings from Oaxaca, Mexico!

Traditional Mexican embroidery
Me modeling a typical blouse from the Tuxtepec region of Mexico.

A day late and 13 pesos short. I arrived in Oaxaca on Wednesday night and its been a whirlwind of reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones! S&P provided us with a great mini guide book of the city to keep us busy until the BIG DAY, which was Saturday! I have found myself visiting tons of boutiques and going gaga over fabrics from all over the region. Luckily, I have the help of Silvia's friend, Omar to keep me up to date on where to shop!

A melange of traditional and modern Oaxacan textiles

Buying fabrics when traveling can be a fail of epic proportions, so here are a few pointers that I have picked up over the years. I am addicted to textiles and ever since the start of Six Bougies I buy things  to wear and reconfigure into new products. Here are a few takeaways:

1. Attention to Detail- for example I bought I sheer shirt with a small amount of embroidery on the back near the neck (pictured above). A very modern design and not traditional from most of the clothes I've been seeing. So I snatched it up as quick as I could! I can also make something similar later with African WAX!

2. Keep it Local- I like to buy things from local designers when I can, so I loved visiting the family owned and run place about thirty minutes outside Oaxaca, called Casa Santiago. There the whole family came out to show us around and offer any assistance with purchases ;) They were kind enough to take us through the process step by step of how their family has been weaving for hundreds of years.

3. Colors matter- In a place such as Oaxaca where they are color crazy (similar to Senegal) it is good to stick to colors you typically wear so when you get home its easy to match it with what is already in your wardrobe. Note a lot of black and gold... school colors!


Embroidered textiles from Oaxaca, Mexico

So that's it! Show us your textile purchases from other countries!!!

2 comments:

  1. hey, your blog is adorable! i just had a quick question, i saw your question on Rylee Blake's post about the pinterest button, and i've been having the same problem with it being GINORMOUS! but i saw that you got yours to work, and i was wondering if you could help me out!

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    1. Hi Danyelle! I actually haven't figured it out either :( For now, I've given up on the fixed width because the pin-it button was out of control. I would love to know the solution though... I will let you know if I figure it out!

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