A Month in Chiapas

Sep 25th, 2019, 09:30 PM
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Greetings, MinnBeef. We do seem to have some leanings in common, don't we. I look forward to hearing about your next Mexico trip as plans proceed.
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Sep 28th, 2019, 10:17 AM
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In my experience so far the best crafts in Mexico are the pottery in the north (Mata Ortiz in Chihuahua) & the Mayan weaving in the south, keeping in mind I haven't yet explored the middle where, I'm sure, among other possibilities is the silverwork. I'd visited the Museo Textil de Oaxaca as well as the weaving community of Teotitlan del Valle a few miles away, enjoyed them both, but I found the Centro de Textiles del Mundo Maya in San Cristóbal a literal treasure house. For anyone interested in Maya weaving & embroidery, this is definitely the place.


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Sep 30th, 2019, 05:29 AM
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Stunning. If my wife sees this, it's off to Chiapas!
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Sep 30th, 2019, 03:38 PM
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No worries. If you don't want to go have her call me.
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Sep 30th, 2019, 07:22 PM
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Great, thanks for that, impressive stuff. My wife and I have always appreciated textile art. Don't claim to know much about it, but we have several items hanging around our house, including a simple Peruvian wall hanging. Nothing Mayan however.

BTW, I finally finished Jungle of Stone after putting it aside a for few weeks due to other activities. I thoroughly enjoyed it and thought their Chiapas travels were quite engrossing. Never heard of the Walker-Caddy expedition before, a rare case where being first didn't make you famous. Having Stephens and Catherwood as your competition would be unfortunate.
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Sep 30th, 2019, 09:07 PM
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I haven't finished the book, returned it to the library but have ordered a used copy so I can read it at my leisure without due date. It's an astonishing adventure, and it's just occurred to me that if I didn't know someone who'd also set off into the unknown, I'd have assumed anything like those days was long gone. He wrote a book about his adventure, 'Stranger in the Forest' which I'd read before we met when I was planning some time in Borneo & reading what I could find about it. If anyone's interested Eric Hansen's book is highly recommended.
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Oct 5th, 2019, 01:39 PM
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Saturday and another little piece of San Cristóbal. This is Real de Guadalupe & I don't think a day went by for the whole month when I didn't walk here as a destination itself or more often on my way somewhere else.


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Oct 6th, 2019, 05:13 PM
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Great photos! Brings back some wonderful memories from 10 months ago. I’m really looking forward to escaping winter to Puerto Vallarta un Jan. but really looking forward to my next cultural trip to Mexico, hopefully for Day of the Dead 2020.
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Oct 6th, 2019, 06:36 PM
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Thanks MinnBeef. I'll be interested to hear how you like PV. I've assumed it wouldn't be a place I'd choose but it could be a totally faulty assumption. Looking forward to hearing your take.
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Oct 12th, 2019, 11:05 AM
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This week, Zapatista Time. I found the longer I was in Chaipas the more references I noticed to the Zapatista movement which began as a bloody revolt in Chiapas in 1994 and has now cooled to a simmer, though not gone. The late Comandanta Ramona has become the saint of the rebellion and once I got the drift I saw her everywhere I went. Not an in-your-face thing but both photos of the lady herself and also the stylized images on posters, tee-shirts, you name it, as well as the little dolls in the photo below.


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