Writing a book

Mr Bezos... you certainly have the money to do better... so why is Create Space (for self publishing) like something out of 1992 rather than 2017? I thought the hardest part of writing a book on Mexico's paper mache (cartonería) tradition, especially since I have no monetary interest in it, would be the research and … Continue reading Writing a book

Preserving the “soul” of rural pottery among urban sprawl

Although not as well known to tourists as places such as San Bartolo Coyotepec, Mata Ortiz and Tonalá/Tlaquepaque, Metepec in the State of Mexico is an important producer of pottery. Its making dates back to the pre Hispanic period. Bowls with legs called "cajetes" are a common archeological find here, used for ceremonies on the … Continue reading Preserving the “soul” of rural pottery among urban sprawl

Tzjon non, or people of the textiles

Mexico's many small, isolated valleys are a double-edged sword. Isolated from most of the outside world, traditions are better preserved but usually at the cost of poverty. Finding a way to raise living standards without losing at least some tradition has proved impossible, but sometimes adaptations allow for more preservation than absolute adherance. The Amuzgo … Continue reading Tzjon non, or people of the textiles