I Recently I traveled to Oaxaca City which is at the southern end of Mexico. It took my daughter Cate and I two flights to get there from LAX. (We changed planes in Mexico City)
Most of us from southern California think of Tijuana as representing the rest of Mexico, but this is far from accurate. I was pleasantly surprised to find Oaxaca city to be enchanting. I didn't know we would be strolling on stone streets that had been there since the Spanish occupied the region in the sixteenth century. I was amazed by the incredible amount of Spanish architecture that was still in tact. And then of course, there were the textiles!
Mexican textiles come in the full spectrum of colors. I picked up the large tablecloth pictured above at the shop across the street from the hotel we stayed in. The Aztec motifs and hand loomed stripes are a lovely shade of spring green. Perfect for a jungalowstyle interior or global design scheme.
The open courtyard of our small hotel was lovely. We ate breakfast here surrounded by travelers from all over the globe. The Parador de Alcala had only eleven rooms so we felt like house guests rather than hotel customers. The recently renovated spaces felt clean yet authentic to historic as well as contemporary Mexican architecture.
The view from one of our four balconies was like taking a step back in time. Cars did not have access along this stretch of Mesadonio de Alcala keeping it pedestrian friendly.
Down the block I found several wool rugs and cotton table runners for very reasonable prices.
I was so inspired by the tuquoise and indigo blue colors in this hand loomed wool rug I couldn't pass it up! My cost? $200 US dollars.for a 12 foot runner.
Mexican textiles on your mind? Try taking a quick trip to Oaxaca for your fill of cotton and wool hand loomed fabrics.
im happy to answer any questions so feel free to email me through MorrisseyFabric.com.
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