Oaxaca Stories in Cloth (Paperback)

By Eric Sebastian Mindling

Thrums, LLC, 9780983886082, 280pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2016

List Price: 36.95*
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2017 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards, Gold, Multicultural
2017 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards, Silver, Art & Photography
Oaxaca Stories in Cloth includes more than 175 sensitive, intimate, full-color portraits of traditional people of the Oaxacan hinterlands who continue to wrap themselves in the clothing that expresses their ancient, living culture. Eric Mindling captures this vanishing world with artistry and respect, and just in the nick of time. This book offers a window into a vanishing culture where few people have the opportunity to go.

About the Author

Eric Mindling spends half of each year in southern Mexico, where he operates a tour company, Traditions Mexico, offering culturally intimate experiences for adventurous travelers. His 2010 book, Barro y fuego, has been published in three languages. Mindling was recognized in 2015 for his photography as a finalist in the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, sponsored by the US State Department and the Aspen Institute.

Praise For Oaxaca Stories in Cloth

Foreword Reviews: “From the colorful pompoms and plaited hair of a woman dressed for a wedding in San Martin Itunyoso to the bold animal designs woven into garments made in San Pablo Tijaltepec, these dazzling images give a glimpse into the daily life of those (mostly women) who still wear the traditional dress and documents a ‘last generation’ in places where only the oldest still wear the traditional clothes.”

Midwest Book Review: “Oaxaca Stories in Cloth” is a stunning documentary collection of formal dress portraits of many men and women in colorful formal traditional dress from different outlying areas of Oaxaca, Mexico.
HandEye Magazine: ” . . he inspires hope that through his own storytelling there can be a renaissance of heritage and craft consciousness on behalf of the 50 communities he spent time with.”

Goodreads Community Reviews: ” . . . From El Mago to the grandmother carrying on he stories of her community, this book has touched me far more than I thought it would.”