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Wish upon a Zapotec Star and Enjoy Day of the Dead Altars

By Barbara Erickson

Master Zapotec weaver Jacobo Mendoza returns to San Miguel de Allende to show his masterpiece rugs and wall hangings for Day of the Dead celebrations at Casa de la Cuesta B&B on October 31 and November 1 and 2.

At 1pm on each of those days, Heidi Lavasseur will give a most informative free talk on the traditions of the Day of the Dead in front of her stunning personal altar. Then, from 1:30 to 4:30pm, Mendoza will show his rugs. Oaxacan folk art carver Blanca Gomez will also display and sell her whimsical carved alebrije figures and paintings. As a special treat, the Mask Museum will also be open to the public free of charge during the show, and there will be no admission fee for the talks or exhibit.

Mendoza is internationally acknowledged as a master weaver, and his works are in museums and private collections in México and abroad. This show will feature both his most recent fine wall pieces woven with alpaca and cashmere wool with gold and silver threads and his very reasonably-priced traditional rugs for floors and hanging. Mendoza will also be available for private showings and sales—he does take orders—by appointment on October 30 and November 3 and 4. Call 154 4324 for an appointment!

Join us and wish upon a Zapotec star, one of the iconic symbols found in Mendoza’s weavings. The Zapotec star can represent a sense of freedom or the god Quetzalcoatl in his manifestation as the morning star Venus. Zapotecs consider themselves one of the only true lineages of Quetzalcoatl; thus, the star incorporates ancient theology for Mendoza as he weaves.

Mendoza has won numerous awards for his extraordinary weavings, including first prize in 2016 and 2017 in Mexican concursos. He often also finishes his works with exquisite macramé. All of them are meticulously hand-dyed, using only natural materials, some of which Mendoza himself discovered as dyestuff.

Whether you are in the market for a one-of-a-kind wall hanging, a rug for your dining room or bedside, or perhaps just interested in what Zapotec imagery looks and feels like expressed in a fine weaving, a visit to see Mendoza’s work will please.

Blanca Gomez’s roots are in Oaxaca’s wood carving village of Arrazola. Here in San Miguel, she continues the family folkloric tradition of painting whimsical carved creatures, as well as small paintings and other delightful items, easy to pack and give as true Mexican gifts.


Art and Talk

Jacobo Mendoza

Wednesday–Friday, Oct 31–Nov 2

1pm Talk on Traditions of the Day of the Dead Altar

1:30–4:30pm Open House at Mask Museum; Oaxaca Rug Weaver Exhibit and Sale

At La Otra Cara de Mexico Mask Museum and Gallery

Cuesta de San Jose #32, Colonia Azteca



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