edition silk screen on paper
Published by Pocohontas Press, Chicago
1941, 16"h. x 13"w.
Nine separately printed colors
|Mixe of the State of Oaxaca|
The Mixe, a branch of the Zoque-Mixeano, live in the eastern part of the
state of Oaxaca. Although spread over a vast area the tribe numbers but
31,000 of which only one-sixth speaks Spanish. The principal villages,
all situated in the vicinity of the Zapotec region, are Totontepec,
Jayacaxtepec, Metepec, Acatlán,
Cacalotepec and Juquila.
Of the various styles of Mixe dress, Plate 22 shows one of the most representative. It consists of a full blouse, a scantily pleated skirt of blue or grey. Blouse and skirt are striped with concentric bands of trimming in magenta. Bright ribbons are worn in the rodete coiffure and as tassels to the much-favored necklaces of colored beads. The Mixe huaraches are similar to the caitl of the neighboring Chapanecs.
Textiles for dress are made in this region in the traditional manner. The wool is spun with the malacatl, dyed, and woven on the otate. Heavier materials, however, such as those used for sarapes, are woven on vertical foot-looms operated by men.
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