The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Hupiles are art

In mi casa I have quite a few hupiles (blouses) and faldas (skirts) hanging as art.  They come from the various regions and the work is remarkable.  So when I saw the work of Amalia Martínez Casas from Tamazulápam del Espíritu Santo at the artesanos mercado in Conzatti Park, I purchased some new wall art.
Tamazulápam del Espíritu Santo is in the mountains to the WNW of Mitla in the Mixe region and Doña Amalia has on the traditional outfit for the region. 

First, there is this one.
This red one has such an unstated elegance.  Sorry for the shadows from wires overhead.
It is huge, maybe a meter across.  It would fit me, but she said it was for women only.
I also got one of the woven belts she has on.  It is six meters long!  The inner part looks to be woven from palm leaves and the outer of wool.  Not too cool, eh?  I am sure one of you knows far more about these hupiles, so feel free to clue me in.  And what do they call the belts?

1 comment:

Brenda said...

The belt you describe is used as a tumpline to carry packages/materials or to wrap bundles, etc.