2020 Births New Alebrije Experiences: Here’s the Guide

Alebrijes Abound Our very first experience as “Tlayudona” was with our alebrije-painting host, Alex, from Tilcajete. We continue to work with him, and have grown to include experiences given by his mom and sister as well, each of whom bring their own special technique and personal charm to their work. Together with the Velasco Sosa … Read more 2020 Births New Alebrije Experiences: Here’s the Guide

Happy New Year, from the Tlayudona crew!

Wrapping Up 2019 As 2019 comes to a close and we embark on the transition into a new chapter, it seems important to pause and reflect on the marvelous, sometimes-convoluted, always-meaningful journey that we’ve experienced this past year as a project. 2019 marked some major milestones for Tlayudona. What had once been a mere idea … Read more Happy New Year, from the Tlayudona crew!

A Message From Alex, Our Alebrije Host

About teaching the art of alebrije-painting… (Español abajo) Yesterday in response to the most recent album of “Pintando-Ando: Alebrijes/ Paint and Sip: Alebrije” photos posted on social media, our alebrije-painting host, Alex, published the following post.  It made me so grateful for the opportunity to do something I love, in a way that honors and respects the … Read more A Message From Alex, Our Alebrije Host

What I learned amongst rolling hills of agave….

What I learned amongst rolling hills of agave…. What I learned amongst rolling hills of agave…. Agave or Maguey? Most of the people I´ve met in Oaxaca who live and love agave call it by its Náhuatl name, maguey. Whatever you call it, this gorgeous plant that gifts us many things, not the least of which … Read more What I learned amongst rolling hills of agave….

Colors and Textures: Indigo Dye Party

Tlayudona will soon be collaborating with internationally-renowned dye artist and educator Claire Fredrick of Wax & Wane Fiber to bring us a different perspective on the dyeing process.  Claire is going to open up a multi-faceted dialogue about indigo dyeing history, culture, and techniques with us, which we will continue with the women of Teotitlán and … Read more Colors and Textures: Indigo Dye Party

Open air, blue skies, and tamales galore.

Recently Tlayudona took a trip out to Yatareni, Oaxaca, to test out our open-air “tamales” experience.  We´ve known Doña Juana for a long time, and were excited when she decided she wanted to be a part of our project.  She knew that she wanted to center her first experience-offering around her family’s ancestral recipes, but … Read more Open air, blue skies, and tamales galore.

Women in Mezcal/ Mujeres del Mezcal

Any of us who’ve been in Oaxaca for any length of time have surely tasted at least a few varieties of mezcal, but there are worlds within worlds hidden within the history and production of this local spirit. One important (and often-overlooked dimension) of mezcal production is that of the women who have traditionally played … Read more Women in Mezcal/ Mujeres del Mezcal