WEB Project teachers study the arts and culture of Oaxaca, Mexico.
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Learning through images and text discussion

Date: July 20, 1998 07:54 AM
Author: Oliver Frohling
Subject: women in huipiles
Here are pictures of people, mainly women, waiting in front of the palacio municipal, because it was the day when the federal agricultural aid money was coming in, so it was announced over the villages speaker system, and all the women were waiting there patiently for their cheque.

people waiting


weaving
Date: July 20, 1998 08:08 AM
Author: Oliver Frohling
Subject: weaving
Here are some more pictures of the women who were showing us how a huipil is made. Basically every woman is expected to weave her own, and sometimes they sell them as well.
weavers


woman and video camera Here one woman is checking out the video we made about her weaving,
while the other is posing with her children.mother and children

Date: July 20, 1998 09:24 PM
Author: Chris Simpson
Subject: Questions
These huipils are so gorgeous I just can not get over these wonderful pictures. I am assuming that they are out of cotton. Do they grow and spin their own fibers? Do they use natural dyes if they do? How do they get such uniformity of color? This picture looks like a mother and daughter, do they share similarities in design so that if women looked closely they could tell which family made the huipil? Do they have a limit to how much color can be used with the red?


Date: July 21, 1998 08:47 AM
Author: Oliver Frohling
Do they grow and spin their own fibers? NO, they buy them from the villages in the lowlands, actually a different indigenous group (Tacuahtes) Do they use natural dyes? Yes. How do they get such uniformity of color? I don't know, experience I suppose.
This picture looks like a mother and daughter, do they share similarities in design so that if someone looked closely they could tell which family made the huipil? I think it more depends on personal preferences.
Do they have a limit to how much color can be used with the red? NO, actually some time ago they used to be predominantly white like the one the woman was weaving, but fashion has changed.

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