The Mexican Governement has created FONART in 1974 (National Fund for the Development of Arts and Crafts). Although it is dedicated to support and promote traditional artisans work we have to say we didn't find much information about it on travel blogs. However, some artisans in Mexico have an incredible knowledge and know-how and we thought we could relay on our blog the work of some of them whom we have met during our travel.
Around Oaxaca de Juarez there are many villages and communities that have a long history of making traditional arts and crafts: Mitla for the textile, Teotitlan for the carpentry, Coyotepec for the ceramics, Tilcajete for the wood...
We were interested to get to know more about the textile production so we decided to go to Mitla. For centuries the textile production relied on "backstrap loom" inherited from ancient Mesoamerican Culture. In 1940, with the introduction of the pedal loom, production became massive. From then on Mitla became one of the most important textile producing centers in the region of Oaxaca.
Here is the textile corridor promoted by FONART, but there are actually many more tailors in the village. We had the chance to meet with Alejandro Méndez in his ARTELAR's workshop.