A timely post for this coming weekend Nov 18th – 20th. 2011
The Feria de Maestros Artesania – Chapala Yacht Club, Lake Chapala, Chapala, Mexico
80+ Artisans, 15 Maestros, 100s of volunteers, 1000s of pieces of beautiful folk art, 50 pesos admission daily, Musicians, regional dancing, tequila tasting, raffle, Mexican cocktails and cuisine, sunshine and laughter — that’s the Feria! It’s the Feria’s 10th Anniversary! And it all starts on Friday. Open 10 am to 6 pm Friday, Nov. 18th and Saturday, Nov. 19th. Open 10 am to 4 pm Sunday, Nov. 20th., 2011
The last two years I have volunteered at the Maestros de Artesania Fair de Chapala. Besides all the general excitement and wonderful opportunities to meet people and find treasures, the feria featured rebozo weavers from Michoacan, Oaxaca, and Malinalco (Edo.Mexico) in 2010. In 2009 Tenancingo, Santa Maria del Rio etc were included. I helped at some of my Tenancingo and Oaxacan weaver friend’s booth – a little selling here and translation for buyers there. What I want to capture in this post is the fashion show that was held both Saturday and Sunday 2009 and 2010, featuring local Chapala ex-pat women wearing the beautiful rebozos/shawls of the Mexico.
Generally North Americans haven’t worn shawls in the way that Mexicans do – so it was time for a demonstration of the mired ways these sensuous textiles could be tied and arranged on the body. Following are some fine examples of the most beautiful rebozos offered as well as creative ways to wear them.
If you are in the area of Lake Chapala/Guadalajara this year, Nov. 18 – 20th be sure and attend the fair because although the rebozo people might not be featured this year, Ceclila Bautista, Purepeche/Michoacan weaver of (feather rebozos) is sure to be there as well as Camelia of Malinalco. There will also be so many other fabulous items you’ll be overwhelmed and delighted.
Here’s the link for the show to check out artisans who will be featured at the Feria- http://mexicoartshow.com/2011maestros.html