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While our lunch is prepared we watch one of the woman make candles - a rose candle - by hand with a pair of scissors as her only tool. It's amazing and inspiring to watch.
While we are watching her young daughter comes in and kneels next to her. She wants to make candles too and her little fingers play with some wax.
Florencio tells us that from a very young age, from 8 or 9 years old children are given small jobs like cleaning the church, ...
... all sorts of natural things and weaved carpets fit for a house in aspen. These looms were literally ten and fifteen feet wide. Everyone in this village does this craft and has for a long time. The die is mainly made from a parasitic insect on the nopales. From there they ad lime juice, baking soda and other plants to get all the colors of the rainbow. Truly was a great little get way. Then we went a stayed in the town of Mitla, where lets just ...
... parasite that lives on the prickly pear cactus plant by adding various amounts of either lime or baking soda.
All the colours are made from natural plants, seeds etc.
On Sunday, November 17, a grand event was held to celebrate the great culinary traditions of the state of Oaxaca — the Festival Orígenes: la Etnococina de Oaxaca (Origins Festival of the Ethnic Cuisine of Oaxaca). To pay tribute to the quality and variety of ethnic cuisine here, cooks from 60 villages representing the 17 ethnic groups of Oaxaca came to the capital to showcase their cooking at a huge public banquet.
... grind it up and mix the paste and package it up for you. They also make mole paste. I had a cold chocolate drink - delicious and James had a hot one with a brioche bun which you dipped in - so French. Then off out to the village where they make the painted animals - Santa Cruz, Xoxocotlan. The house we visited was where it all began and the Jiminez family are still making the objects in the same home though it is pretty huge and fancy now. We had a traditional lunch which ...