Casa de la Cuesta Celebrates Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

By Alexis White

Jacobo Mendoza, a master weaver from the world renowned Oaxacan weaving village of Teotitlán del Valle, where rugs and other textiles have been hand loomed since 500 BCE, and the Oaxacan-born folk artist Blanca Gómez, whose painted small furnishings and traditional crafts grace many homes in Mexico and abroad, will be coming to Casa de la Cuesta for its eighth annual Day of the Dead program. Their work, which is available for sale, will be on display at the Casa de la Cuesta Gallery on Friday and Saturday, October 31 and November 1, 2-6pm.

Casa de le Cuesta Celebrates
Day of the Dead
Exhibitions by Oaxacan master weaver Jacobo Mendoza and folkloric artist Blanca Gómez; The Other Face of Mexico museum of post-Conquest ceremonial masks.
Fri, Oct 31 and Sat, Nov 1, 2-6pm
Casa de la Cuesta Gallery
Cuesta San José 32
No admission fee
For more information, call 154-4324

Mendoza, whose work was just featured in “The Art Is the Cloth,” an exhibition at the New Hampshire Art Institute, creates both muted and brilliant rugs and wall hangings in traditional Zapotec themes. Using natural dyes, including cochineal, indigo, Mexican marigold, and plants grown by his family, he weaves his tapetes finos from wool, silk, cashmere, and metallic threads. Many of them are uniquely finished with intricate fringes created from the warps and are themselves works of beautiful artistry. Mendoza’s work has been exhibited in the Textile Museum of Oaxaca, the Peter Gray Art Museum in Puerta Vallarta, the San Jose Art Museum, and on the floors and walls of many homes in San Miguel as well as all over the world. Mendoza was recently featured in a video by the French master dyer Michael García, founder of Couleur Garance and the Le Jardin Conservatoire de Plantes Tinctoriales in Provence.

Gómez has been painting since she was 11 years old. Using traditional Oaxacan techniques, her work is colorful and delicately applied. It adorns stools, chairs, frames, whimsical animals, and many other decorative pieces that speak of Mexico’s charm, warmth, and folkloric traditions.

Ranked number one among San Miguel’s B&Bs by TripAdvisor, Casa de la Cuesta is the home of The Other Face of Mexico (La Otra Cara de México), an extensive and curated collection of more than 500 post-Conquest ceremonial masks. It will be open during these and other Casa de la Cuesta Day of the Dead events, all of which are free.


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