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Mexico’s past is one that involves conquering the other, bloodshed while in the process, sweat during rebuilding, and sorrow after realizing that things are just not the same and may never be. You can not have sadness, though, without happiness and richness of life.How would these indigenous peoples know how to be sad and disappointed without first tasting the sweetness of success and cultural soundness? Oaxaca City, Mexico, now home to approximately 3,506,821 souls, is known for their cultural diversity, numerous dialects and collective will to survive.From the Aztecs to the Spaniards
The state of Oaxaca has always been a destination to be reached and experienced first hand, and for good reason. The Aztecs knew right away that there was something special about the land of the Zapotecs and similar cultures of the nearby Mixtecs and sub-peoples. The Spanish soon learned of the benefits of the Mexican landscape and resources that were already being cultivated and used by the Oaxaca peoples.Oaxaca Valley was settled between 1500 and 500 BC and contained up to 16 indigenous cultures and sub-cultures, the Zapotecs and Mixtecs comprising of the majority of the inhabitants. Oaxaca still contains these diverse groups to this day, proving the will to survive that their ancestors unequivocally evoked to their ultimate conquers, the Aztecs and the Spanish noblemen so long ago.The Way of the Woven Thread
The many people of the indigenous Oaxaca tradition and culture continue to practice forms of art and handicraft so that their story will continue on throughout their future generations and never be forgotten. Oaxaca is considered to be the oldest agricultural settlement in middle-America.

 

Taking advantage of the consistent mild climate that Oaxaca City, Mexico is well known for, the residents of the valley cultivate and collect plentiful native Indigo plants, readily available moss, pomegranates, pecans and marigolds for natural fiber dyes. Because they have been growing their own cotton and raising churro sheep for wool, the people of Oaxaca have made their long standing art of weaving and embroidery a desired product around the world.

The tourism industry has seeped itself into the widely diverse Oaxaca community, getting a much appreciated taste of the quality made textiles and arrangement of beautiful colors within them. Handcrafted by traditional and non-traditional Oaxaca peoples, these ropa tipica, dresses, scarves and other wearables, all tell a collective story, and while these people’s ancestors have told of their history and culture over many millennia and generations, their stories will live on in the fabric that they weave.


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