|Martin Melchor & Melinda Ortega wrap toucan carving|
I learned so much on my trip to Oaxaca, and was given so much to think about. Specifically, I was faced with the realities of trying to make a real living when your sole occupation is crafts, and what happens when those crafts become difficult to sell.
|Epafanio Fuentes carving with machete|
My (new) friend Mike, an anthropologist who has done extensive research (indeed, written a book
) about alebrijes took me to meet Saúl Arágon and his family and translated my interviews for me. It's a complex issue and you can read a bit about it in today's Etsy post
. Suffice it to say, I came home with many, many alebrijes.
|Saúl Aragón talking about some of his family's carvings|
More photos of Oaxaca can be found a couple of posts back
|Anna & Alma painting at the Aragón home|