Since it is International Women’s Day (and its’ 100th anniversary!) I want to take a moment to thank the women of Oaxaca for all they do and for all that they give the world. Their creativity inspires people around the globe who view and collect their work – whether they paint alebrijes, make pottery, embroider clothing, or partake in one of the many other types of craft produced in the state. Not only are they responsible for producing beautiful pieces of work, they are also responsible for maintaining and overseeing the household. And they do it all in adverse conditions unimaginable to most in the developed world. Many run households with no electricity and no running water, making chores exponentially more difficult and time consuming. Many have never left the state of Oaxaca, but many more have never even left their own towns. Most cannot read or write. And yet they create pieces of incredible beauty that touch the lives of people all over the world.
In particular, I would like to give a big big thank you to the women of the woodcarving towns. Interacting with these women and watching them work is an incredible experience – their levels of creativity, concentration, and dedication are awe-inspiring. These women paint unique patterns in an amazing array of colors and in incredible detail every day. They frequently paint animals they have never seen with their own eyes, and they give these animals such personality and pizazz that it impresses all who come in contact with them. Thank you so much to these women and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come through the Three Dreaming Rabbits company and through our NGO.
At this moment, I would also like to direct you to look at the Latin Threads Trading Co. Blog, where owner Adele Hammond posts extensively about the amazing women she works with in Oaxaca and Chiapas – women like these and the ones in the alebrije woodcarving towns are truly an inspiration to us all.
Happy International Women’s Day!