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Made in MexicoTradition, Tourism, and Political Ferment in Oaxaca$
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Chris Goertzen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604737967

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604737967.001.0001

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. Introductory Case Study: Tales Told by a Pillowcase from Chiapas

. Introductory Case Study: Tales Told by a Pillowcase from Chiapas

(p.3) 1. Introductory Case Study: Tales Told by a Pillowcase from Chiapas
Made in Mexico

Chris Goertzen

University Press of Mississippi

This introductory chapter presents a case study involving a pillowcase from Chiapas. The pillowcase is an untraditional object handwoven in traditional ways, presenting a modern version of an ancient and sacred design—an object made with the tourist in mind. Should we consider its existence a symptom of another layer of colonization, in which the craftsperson must debase his or her work and values to earn a living? Or is it a natural and healthy outgrowth of tradition? The chapter analyzes the following factors: the fact that a sacred design decorates this pillow case; the identity of the design; the size of this version of the design; the number and choice of colors used; techniques of weaving; and the process by which this item was designed and marketed.

Keywords:   Highland Chiapas, pillow covers, handicrafts, colonization, sacred designs

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