Wednesday, April 25, 2018

OOAK Folk Art Doll Inspired by the Tehuantepec Marketplace

My love for Frida Kahlo recently led me to learn about a magical place in Mexico that was truly an inspiration. One afternoon I had been reading and found that Frida had adopted her colorful traditional dress and style from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. I started to look up information about the region and discovered that this place was not like any other within Mexico. 
OOAK Folk Art Doll Mexican Woman at Marketplace Cloth and Clay Art Doll

Tehuantepec is known for its Marketplace, most especially because it is run and operated by the Women. The Women dominate the local markets and the regional economy. It is said that Juchi Ta'n de Zaragoza is the most impressive - rows and rows of stalls filled with jewelry, folk art, clothing, and local foods. While most of the men work in agriculture, the women are highly experienced vendors at Market. The women are afforded economic independence, which is out of the norm for the rest of the country. Here you find the indigenous Zapotec culture, which is said to be more advanced, in many ways, than Western culture. 
OOAK Folk Art Doll Mexican Woman at Marketplace Cloth and Clay Art Doll OOAK Folk Art Doll Mexican Woman at Marketplace Cloth and Clay Art Doll

After reading as much as I could find about Tehuantepec, I was inspired to create one of my Wisdom Keepers in honor of the women who run the marketplace. 
Detail of Fabric used on OOAK Folk Art Doll Mexican Woman at Marketplace  
You can see more "At the Marketplace" on my website here OOAK Folk Art Doll At the Marketplace



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