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FALL EVENTS 2014

FALL EVENTS 2014

Abrazo Style Rebecca blouse

Abrazo is ready to have some fun at a couple of great retail events this fall!


We will be at the LA Convention Center for "The Ultimate Women's Expo: www.theultimate womensexpo.com

Have fun on a girls getaway weekend:

*shopping

*listening to keynote speakers

*feasting on food and cocktails

*freebies!

*indulging in massages to makeovers

October 25-26th

LA Convention Center

Booth #605

And, as always, we will be at the Carlsbad Street Fair:

https://www.carlsbad.org/Events-Calendar-Detail.aspx?eid=223

Sunday, November 2nd

8-4pm

Carlsbad Village, Carlsbad, CA

We will be clearing out a lot of items so come early for great deals!

Mark the dates on your calendar and we hope to see you there!

www.abrazostyle.com



Off to The California Gift Show!

Just in time, our largest shipment yet is arriving tomorrow in time for repacking for the Califonia Gift Show in LA, starting January 25th-28th at the Los Angeles Convention Center. If you are a retailer, please stop by to say hello and receive a free sample! We will be in booth #1118, Kentia Hall.



Hood River Pop Up Store
Please join us this Saturday, the 8th of December for holiday cheer and shopping for handcrafted products by Abrazo Style.

2912 Dee Highway, Hood River

12-4:30 on Saturday

Great selection of handcrafted accessories and gifts from Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico. This event will feature new colors and designs in our famous Etla tote, new products such as scarves made from recycled thread as well as jewelry, hand embroidered blouses and more. Don't miss the great prices on year end close outs and overstocks!



Trunk Shows!

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Announcing Holiday Trunk Shows in Portland and San Francisco.

Don't miss out on two great opportunities for food, friends and unique gifts!

The Oakland Hills:

When:   Saturday, December 1   10am to 3pm

                  Sunday, December 2 12noon to 4pm


Where:  6167 Buena Vista Ave.

          Oakland, CA 9461
          510- 653-7727

 

Refreshments & door prizes. Six exhibitors of handcrafted products.


Portland:
When: Thursday, December 6 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Where: 7300 SE Stephens St Portland, OR 97215
(East on Stark to 76th Street, right on 76th, right onto Stephens)

CRAFTED BY HAND. REFINED OVER GENERATIONS.
Enjoy a glass of wine, friends, and shop for unique, handcrafted apparel and
accessories for the worldly woman.
This is an open house and you are welcome to bring friends.

541-490-9050

 

                



FALL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

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TENTATIVE FALL/HOLIDAY SHOW SCHEDULE

Abrazo will hit the road again this fall with trips to San Diego, San Francisco and possibly Los AngeleS and Seattle. If you are an ABRAZO Style fan  (especially if you live in the Southwest!), have a large circle of contacts and are interested in receiving free merchandise in exchange for hosting one of our shows, please contact us for more information at: abrazostyle@gmail.com  It is fun, easy and rewarding.

Dates are still tentative on some locations:

 

October 12-14th: Portland Christmas Cash and Carry Show :

Portland OR, 10am -5pm  Oregon Convention Center WHOLESALE ONLY

http://www.urban-expo.com/515/portland-christmas-cash-and-carrry-show-home.htm

wholesale appointments


October26th- November 5th: San Diego/Los Angeles area

Day of the Dead Trunk shows to be announced

Carlsbad Faire, Largest Single Day Street Fair in the Nation

http://www.carlsbad.org/Events-Calendar-Detail.aspx?eid=223

Look for Special Sales Events for Day of the Dead at our outlet store in Leaping Lotus, Solana Beach, CA

http://www.leapinglotus.com/

wholesale appointments


NOVEMBER 15th-20th: San Diego Area

Sunday November 18th: Encinitas Street Fair

http://www.encinitas101.com/events/fall-festival/

wholesale appointments

 

NOVEMBER 28TH-DECEMBER 4TH: San Francisco Area

Holiday Trunk shows to be announced

wholesale appointments


First week of December: Portland Hood River Area

Holiday Trunk shows to be announced



Spring Schedule of Events 2012

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Though still a bit in flux, at last our schedule is firming up for spring!

As of 3/29/12:

Trunk Show: Oakland, CA April 14th, 15th:(email info@latinthreadstrading.com for more information)

Appointments in the Bay Area the week of April 16th: (email info@latinthreadstrading.com to schedule)

Trunk Show?: Berkeley April 21st, 22nd

San Diego: April 23rd

Appointments in the San Diego area the week of April 23rd: (email info@latinthreadstrading.com to schedule)

Trunk Show Mingei Museum of Folk Art San Diego CA April 27th, 28th
http://www.mingei.org/calendar/early-evening-trunk-show/2012-04-27

Encinitas Street Faire: April 28th-29th  http://www.sandiegocoastlife.com/events/san-diego-coast/events-encinitas-street-faire.html

Carlsbad Street Fair: May 6th,  http://www.carlsbad.org/Events-Calendar-Detail.aspx?eid=222




Thanks for a Great Year!

Happy New Year to our friends and supporters of ABRAZOstyle/ Latin Threads! As the year closes we'd like to thank you for your ongoing interest in our work in Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico and give you a short update of what we've been up to.

My blogs have been painfully few his last year due to all the attention we have been giving to creating a market for our artisans' work here in the States, but I will endeavor to post more in the coming year...A good New Year resolution, I'd say!

We are very excited to report that we had a fantastic year with very positive growth in the company and in our circle of  artisans.  Our hand crafted , socially responsible clothing and accessories for the worldly woman are now found in boutiques, specialty gift stores, museum stores, high end garden stores, and zoos on the west coast and parts of the southwest, midwest and east coast,  but there is still much to be done!

Plans for 2012 include continued growth in the communities we work with in Mexico as well as expanding into larger markets in the US.

The embroidery classes we started in October in our village of San Pablo Etla, Oaxaca have been going extraordinarily well. (See pictures) The group is now up to a maximum size of 15 members with our most advanced students producing hugely improved, beautiful work. Thank you Ayuda (the NGO sponsoring the classes). In the coming year we will be working with the women to help them to create their own designs and products to market through ABRAZO in the States.

We are also continuing to expand our work with families of women in small villages in the highlands of Chiapas.  Look for some their new and traditional blouses this spring on our web site along with new designs and colors in our totes and scarves. Lots of surprises coming!

We appreciate your sharing what we do with others and, as always, welcome your comments and suggestions!

If you are interested in following us on Facebook, just click on this link and you'll get the latest updates as they happen!

http://on.fb.me/kgQvzE

Thank you once again for your interest and encouragement! Abrazos (hugs) from all of us and best wishes for a bright and successful year!

Adele and the Abrazo Team

Oh, I almost forgot. If you are interested in joining us in Oaxaca this year on a socially responsible shopping tour, please let us know.december-2011-ayuda-project.jpgayuda-groups-december-2011.jpg



Fall Events on the West Coast

We hope to see you at one of our special events this fall at the following locations:

(Please write or call 541-490-9050 for more information)

If you are a store, please contact us to make an appt. to see our line.

 

Novmber 1-7th San Diego Area

New products being previewed with our wholesale buyers Nov 1-7

November 3rd trunk show, Santa Luz, San Diego, CA

November 6th, Carlsbad Fair, Carlsbad, CA  Events - Carlsbad Village Street Fair

Leaping Lotus preview  (our outlet store)  Solana Beach, CA  Leaping Lotus


November 11-16th  New York City Area

New products being previewed with our wholesale buyers Nov 14th-16th

 

November Date TBD

Trunk Show, Hood River, OR

 

December 1-5th San Francisco Bay Area, CA

New products being previewed with our wholesale buyers Dec. 1-5th

Trunk Show Nov. 3rd, Berkeley, CA



Special Sale at Leaping Lotus

Looking for the perfect blouse for summer? Visit our outlet store at Leaping Lotus in Solana Beach for special deals on one-of-a-kind, last years', and even preview protoype blouses for the coming year! Directions: www.leapinglotus.com

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TRUNK SHOW IN HOOD RIVER, OR MAY 15th

Email us for details about our Hood River, OR,TRUNK SHOW.  May 15th, 4-8:30pm

A new shipment is arriving this week with some of our newest designs for summer.

info@latinthreadstrading.com



Carlsbad Village Faire May 1st
Stop by and see us this Sunday at the Carlsbad Village Faire! Our booth #318 will be located on State Street between Grand and Carlsbad Village Drive.  We have a new shipment of beautiful handmade clothing and accessories for spring and summer,  a great selection of Mother's Day gifts and loads of SALE items from our warehouse!

Mention this email and get $10 off any 1 item $20 and up.

Also, we invite you to visit our Leaping Lotus location at 240 S. Cedros Ave. in Solana Beach where we have a large selection of fine clothing, beach bags, scarves, shawls from Oaxaca and Chiapas Mexico.



Carlsbad Fair May 1st

For the second year in a row, Latin Threads will bring new and classic 100% cotton blouses to the fair of fairs! Click on the link for more details.

Hope to see you there!

When: Sunday, May 1, 2011, 8am - 5pm
Sunday, November 6, 2011, 8am - 4pm
Where: Grand Avenue
Carlsbad, CA (map)

http://www.sandiegocoastlife.com/events/san-diego-coast/events-carlsbad-village-faire.html



Free Shipping!

Take advantage of our free shipping offer on all blouses and scarves until the end of March!

New products for Spring arriving weekly!



Latin Threads Now at Leaping Lotus, Solana Beach, CA


Now at Leaping Lotus!

 

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We are proud to annouce we now have a permanent location at Leaping Lotus, in Solana Beach, CA, 240 Cedros Ave. 858-720-8283

www.leapinglotus.com

Please come visit us there and peruse our wide selection of beautiful products from Oaxaca and Chiapas. New items arriving every week!



New Stores to Carry Latin Threads

We are excited to include more stores in our list of retailers carrying Latin Threads products. Please visit our "Retailers" page for more information.

http://www.abrazostyle.com/pages/Retailers.html



Seattle Gift Show!

News Flash!

Latin Threads will be participating in the 2011 Seattle Gift Show, coming up this weekend!

http://www.seattlegiftshow.com

Dates: 5/5-5/8

This is a wholesale buyers show.

Our booth number is: #4329

Hope to see you!

 

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Sneak Peek at the "Chaleca Blouse" For Spring! 100% Handmade 100% natural fiber

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You asked, and so we are letting you in on a "sneak peek" of our brand new "Chaleca" blouse for Spring! Completely hand sewn out of light, 100% artisan cotton, you will look and feel great in this well cut, beautifully crafted blouse with hand crocheted cuffs, double panel fabric to support the extensive embroidery and a range of wonderful colors for summer. These indigenous ladies of Chiapas are masters of their craft! Available soon. Let us know what you think!



Boxes and Trunk Shows

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01/02/2010

I would venture to say that as I wrap up a very exciting, successful (and exhausting!) tour of San Diego, Portland and Hood River (coming up this weekend) I am becoming pretty good at packing and unpacking, though ironing remains low on my list of favorite activities!

These events have been a terrific opportunity for me to learn more about what people like, what fits well, and what my next steps will be. That's part of the fun and challenge of starting a new business: figuring out where to go from here... The response to the mission, the quality, and the diversity of Latin Threads goods has been wonderful. I can't wait to get back to Oaxaca and Chiapas to share the news with the talented artisans I work with and to start collecting more goods for the next set of events!

If you check the "Trunk Sales" page of my site, you will see where Latin Threads goods are now carried in specialty stores.

And, if you attended one of my shows, you just might find a photo of yourself in Latin Threads goods on the same page.

More news once I begin my journey back to Oaxaca. Thanks to all who have supported this new venture. There is a lot more of excitement on the horizon! Stay tuned!



Bags, Beauty and Blogs

01/02/2010

If I thought when I started this business that it would be possible to have this much fun, I would have called myself a dreamer, but, incredibly, things just keep building and getting more exciting!

Last night my first ever Latin Threads trunk show event in San Diego opened to a very receptive crowd of friends and strangers who came to shop for the holidaysand to learn more about my new business and the handcrafted goods I brought to sell. It was a crazy day before then, running around to get everything together in time (thank you, thank you, thank you, Cheryl,  Morgan, and Cathy!!!). 

I found myself ironing blouses (probably not at the top of my list of favorite activities, especially when you are talking about hundreds of them), tagging and labeling the goods until well into the evening. Hopefully today at the second day of the trunk show, I will have more time to visit with people and to share the beauty of this business.

People were so impressed by the diversity and the quality of the craftsmanship of the textiles, especially in the shawls, with spectacular and diverse weaving from many different families and pueblos from the state of Oaxaca. Now that I think about it, the people of Chiapas seem to  make fewer  rebozos (shawls) than blouses and other textiles...hmmmm, I will have to pay more attention to that in the future.  Some favorites: the Etla bags, jewelry, and shawls.

Many of the people who attended were very interested in Latin Threads and were curious to learn about and listen to my tales of tracking down and acquiring these goods I sell.  I mentioned that perhaps next year I will put together a tour for a limited number of people to come down to Oaxaca with me on a cultural shopping adventure. This was an idea that was enthusiastically received!

Some of those who attended also had ideas for how to expand my business. In discussing their suggestions, many of which involved high volume production, I found myself responding passionately with thoughts that I had not really articulated until that moment. And I realized that in the five years I have spent in Mexico, I HAVE learned something about other cultures and their ways of life.

The roots of this little business are simple but strong and they grow founded upon relationships with people through understanding, respect, and appreciation. I love growing an enterprise that is involves beauty and a story. And YES! I look forward to expanding my business and being able to offer even more wonderful treasures, one relationship at a time.

Stay tuned for more up dates as the next crazy weeks unfold!

Adele



Latin Threads Trading is Born

01/02/2010

Dear friends,

For those of you who have already been following the first steps of Latin Threads Trading, this announcement will come as no surprise, but to those of you who are new to this site, welcome. Latin Threads Trading was born out of appreciation and respect for beauty and the individuals in Latin America who create it through their hard work and determination for a better life.

The clothing and accessories you will find on the pages of Latin Threads Trading Company are made by people who depend on you, the consumer, to support their traditions and livelihoods through the purchase of their work. It is our goal at Latin Threads to contribute to preserving the artistic traditions of the people of Latin America, and most immediately of Mexico, while promoting the dignity and viability of mostly rural, mostly indigenous people.

Please take a look at our pages, I think you'll be inspired by what you see.

Adele

 

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Adele on top of another load of beautiful clothing, bound for Latin Threads Trading customers.



A few Sights and Personalities from San Cristoba

A few Sights and Personalities from San Cristoba



More treasure from San Cristobal.

01/02/2010

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Wow, the night bus returning to Oaxaca was packed full of people on their way to Oaxaca for the Day of the Dead celebrations. I was jealously hoarding my two seats, (having spread myself out over both), looking forward to enjoying a little space on the way back after an exhilarating (and exhausting) two days, but that was not to be. I think I heard myself whimpering a bit as I had to make room for my seat partner...

The trip was better than I imagined it would be. Having placed orders with new groups of women, I was not sure what to expect with only one month to make the blouses but it was fantastic. I have been told by many people that Muertos is the time when everyone needs money to pay for their purchases for this all important holiday. Everyone, rich or poor, needs to buy their  Muertos bread,  special foods and drinks, flowers, and let's not forget the music!  So, when I placed my orders, I had hoped to at least receive half of  them with this additional "incentive", but these lovely women delivered everything I ordered and more! I am excited to put the new blouses up on my Latin Threads site and to add more pictures from my trip.

I asked them if it was difficult to get these done on such short notice (I will be taking these to my sales events starting this November), but they shrugged and said they simply  grouped together family members and members of their cooperatives to complete the work. The end result was great quality with a unique interpretation of each design by each artist.

I had also placed an order with a woman in town who keeps many of the women in one particular pueblo employed making blouses. She supplies them with the cut fabric and thread and they take it all back to their pueblo where after 4-6 months, they make a large delivery to the store (just before Muertos in this case) of 60 or so blouses, representing a group of 10-15 women. I was, by coincidence, at the store to witness to this delivery the evening before I left and it was a sight to behold. (Stay tuned for photos!)

On a future trip this spring I plan to meet with these women to talk about working together directly. Having visited the pueblo before it was obvious that virtually all the women in the town embroider but as I understand it, there are  issues re. problems with the fabrication of the blouse itself as they have no patterns. These are common problems but over time, through  cooperatives and other influences, these issues are being addressed. In the meantime, I continue to order directly where I can, and if I can't get the best by ordering direct, I work with people who  have great relationships with these women to acquire these wonderful treasures. Wait until you see some of the extraordinary work I acquired from this last trip!

Also,  new discoveries this trip include more  jewelry, scarves and one of a kind blouses.

Well, I am off as there are altars to construct for Muertos and plans to make for our friends coming in today ( in an hour!) from Hood River, OR for the holidays.

Thanks for checking in!



San Cristobal de las Casas...the night bus

01/02/2010

So, I am weaving a bit from fatigue as a result of the off and on sleeplessness of the night bus from Oaxaca to San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas. I arrived at 6 am today after a 10 hour (very comfortable, considering),  ride, dumped my bags at the hotel, ate breakfast and started shopping by 8am, a new record for me, I think! I had intended to write a fair bit tonight but perhaps tomorrow makes more sense... In any case, it was a great day, filled with surprising and wonderful textiles, people and beauty.

Tomorrow I meet with the ladies I ordered blouses from 3 weeks ago, whom I hope, will be delivering what I ordered. Then, tomorrow night...the night bus...ugh, again, back to Oaxaca for Muertos celebrations. Then,  in a few weeks, it is off to the States for a number of special events featuring these textiles. Please come if you are anywhere near the trunk sale locations.

Yawnnn, there is drumming going on in the background tonight, mingled with italien spanish outside my room...I  LOVE my life...

Okay, time for bed, hopefully more tomorrow.



Textiles in Oaxaca

10/26/2009

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This a is a topic I am truly passionate about, so much so that I have made my business, Latin Threads Trading, from buying and selling contempo

rarytextiles from Oaxaca, Chiapas and elsewhere in Latin America. I will be writing more about hand made textiles as my knowledge and experience grow, and will also be including links to other sites to offer more information about them. As I live in Oaxaca, there is much to tell!

Stay tuned for:

The "journey" of creating relationships with people from different communities producing these textiles.

A consumer's perspective of where to buy, what look for, how to know which textile styles are from which pueblos.

Anecdotes from "the road",  hilarious tales of cultural misunderstandings and cross fires.



Day of the Dead in Oaxaca

10/24/2009

It is still a week away from the "official" start of the "Muertos" or Day of the Dead celebrations here in Oaxaca and Chiapas but people are already making preparations for these special days (most importantly, the 1st and 2nd of November). There is much to buy: candles, calaveras (sugar skulls), special Day of the Dead bread, flowers, etc. to adorn the altars that will be created next week in homes, restaurants and even offices  to remember loved ones. There is something that I love about Mexico's approach to death which is so different from the US. Here, people accept death as a part of life, there is nothing morbid or necessarily sad about it, it is a beautiful time used to remember and cherish departed loved ones. There is a feeling that is both festive and positive that revolves around the idea that family members and those close to us will return from the dead for a visit to spend time, albeit a night, with those close to them. Families bring food, flowers,  and even live music to the graves of loved ones and spend entire nights in the cemeteries, talking, singing, laughing, and sitting quietly. When I first moved here, I used to think all the decorative skulls for sale around the time of Muertos were terribly morbid, but now I understand the symbolism and we decorate our own alter with them.

Oaxaca, especially, is famous for its celebrations of Day of the Dead, probably more so than anywhere else in Mexico or Latin America. If you ever have the chance, I highly recommend a visit! Festivities usually begin a week before with special "Muertos" markets, parades, and musical gatherings, culminating on the 1st and 2nd of November.

In our little pueblo of San Pablo Etla, we have our own special local celebrations, which include parades, costumes, dancing, and lots of eating and consumption of mezcal! I love watching people gathering flowers from the fields surrounding our house to put them on their altars.

I will write more as the celebrations heat up but Monday I am off to Chiapas for another quick 3 day trip to pick up blouses I have ordered from the ladies and to shop for more amazing textiles. Then, it is another 11 hour night bus ride back to Oaxaca to meet friends from the States for the festivities.  Stay tuned!



Post Chiapas, Already!

Well, life just seems to move too fast. Mary and I have been back from Chiapas for more than a week and despite my best efforts, I didn't manage the time to write more from San Cristobal. It was an amazing trip, both from a cultural perspective and productivity stand point. In my studio back here in Oaxaca I am surrounded by beautiful textiles, many of which are now visible in the "Blouses" section of this site. Please take a look! There are distinctive embroidery styles, such as that of the Chamula area, more of a "chain stitch" style, and that of the possibly better known Aguatenango flowery "Rococo" style. (I simplify, the styles are rich and diverse, these are only a few examples.)

I will be going back to San Cristobal de las Casas on the night bus (11 hours from Oaxaca) for a quick turnaround trip on the 26th to pick up the orders I placed with the ladies and look around more in the markets. Do you need something? I highly recommend visiting the city and surrounding pueblos. The sights are amazing and the accommodations and food  lovely.

We stayed at "El Paraiso" which was conveniently located and has a beautiful common area. Our time was spent out in the streets all day, every day, looking at textiles and meeting with people, stopping only to eat and sleep (Mary, you are amazing!!)  We left Oaxaca with 2 bags and came back with 6 enormous ones! I haven't counted, but our purchases were in the hundreds. I am excited to share our discoveries with Latin Threads fans (blouses, shawls, table runners, jewelry and bags) in the States at our trunk sales and special events this November/December. Please take a look at our Trunk Sales page for more information.



Chiapas
Submitted on 2009/09/30

What an amazing day…Left Oaxaca last night at 8pm and arrived by bus at 6am in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas where I am here with a friend shopping for new, beautiful, and extraordinary textiles. Chiapas is amazingly rich in textiles and we have been overwhelmed in our first day here with the quality and diversity of what we have found. We are on the hunt to track down some very special pieces we have come across (one of a kind), so tomorrow will be a fun day of sleuthing.

But, in the meantime we are dead tired after purchasing over 100 pieces today. Fantastic! I will check in again tomorrow with an update on Chiapas and our shopping. Lots of great stuff coming up for our trunk sales this fall/winter!



Buenos Aires
Submitted on 2009/09/25

I am sitting here in Houston waiting for my flight back to Oaxaca after an incredible trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina with my sister, Cheryl.

Though I have traveled a fair bit in Latin America, I am always struck by the difference (both culturally and physically) between Buenos Aires and most of the rest of Latin America. It is a large city (13,000,000), with wide avenues, tall modern buildings and an old European charm (perhaps that is why people call it “The Paris of Latin America”) that harkans back to the time approximately less than a century ago when the city was at its height. Its inhabitants are mostly of European origin and the Spanish you hear sounds well, not Spanish but Italian! There is a huge population of “porteños” (people from Buenos Aires) who are of Italian descent and that influence combined with the “ja” sound (ll) (not sure where that comes from!) makes understanding the language quite entertaining at times.

These European roots are what defines Buenos Aires and makes it so distinctive in Latin America. It is both European and very Latin at the same time, resulting in fantastic restaurants, great cafes, insane drivers, and a die hard night life that goes on well into the morning (by that I mean daylight! )

Because my sister and I are fascinated with local crafts, we did manage to do some serious shopping for leather and silver goods, of which there is an abundant supply. (If you would like to know where to go for leather in particular, write and I will be happy to give some suggestions.) As far as indigenous crafts or textiles in particular, there sadly was little to be found, just as there are sadly, few remaining indigenous groups to be found in the south of Argentina either.

However, as one of my personal passions is collecting horse paraphenelia wherever I travel, I had a ball looking at all of the wonderful gaucho textiles and tack available. (Look under “Markets, Buenos Aires” for images). There were very worn, very old ponchos, stirrups and bridles as well as incredibly beautiful, finely woven sashes and leather used for special events. As every one knows, Argentina is famous for its beef and as such, the gaucho (cowboy) has huge importance in its folklore.
Should you want advice/recommendations if you are planning on traveling to Buenos Aires or even Uruguay, please feel free to write. If you are interested in knowing Uruguay or Patagonia on horseback, tryhttp://www.rideandes.com

My next blogs will be about written from San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, where I will be traveling this coming week to look for more handmade textiles to sell at my Latin Threads Trading trunk shows coming up this November/December (see Trunks Shows on this site for details)
Hasta luego!
Adele



Independence Day in San Pablo Etla
Submitted on 2009/09/17

Independence Day (15th and 16th of September) is a big deal everywhere in Mexico, especially in the small towns, where the heart and soul of Mexico seems to shine. This year we celebrated in our little Zapotec town of San Pablo Etla with the usual litany of fireworks, parades, brass bands, and rows of school children in uniform standing at attention to honor the flag of Mexico. Even though we live in the country I am always amazed at the level of festivities here. There always seems to be music playing somewhere in the pueblo!


While we were in town for the festivities, I ran into Marta and her mother in law, two ladies from the pueblo who are working with me to resew some of the blouses I buy to improve their quality and fit. Though they are talented weavers, the people of San Pedro Amusgo are not known for their sewing skills, so we remake the blouses using the same hand woven fabric, cut a more elegant neckline and re-stitch and re-embroider the seams for a more consistent fit, a better line, and a lovely finished product. Please give me your suggestions of what makes the perfect blouse for you!



Come see us at the Carlsbad Street Fair!
Carlsbad Street Fair
November 7th, 2010

More than 100,000 people will take in the beauty of our seaside city while browsing through unique booths, indulging in delectable eats and enjoying family entertainment when the largest one-day street faire in the nation returns next month.

The Carlsbad Village Street Faire will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 7, 2010. Each year, the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce hosts the faire in May and November. Now in its 37th year, the free event has grown to be so popular that it not only continually attracts people from all over Southern California, but also from other states. Some visitors even plan their vacations around the bi-annual event.

"The reason so many people return to the faire every year is that they can count on finding quality items to purchase because of the wide variety of vendors," said Ted Owen, president and chief executive officer of the Carlsbad Chamber. "You name it and it's for sale at the faire."

Just like at past faires, approximately 900 vendors will sell everything fathomable, including clothes, accessories, plants, household products, art, antiques and home decor. The international food court will once again feature more than 50 booths serving everything from Thai to Hawaiian cuisine. The children's area will entertain youngsters with games, a super slide, a bounce house, a rock climbing wall, face painting and arts and crafts.

The Rotary Club of Carlsbad's beer and wine garden will entertain fairgoers with a large screen TV and live bands. The Kiwanis Club of Carlsbad will continue its more than 25-year tradition of hosting a pancake breakfast at the Carlsbad railroad depot. The meal, which includes pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice, will be served between 7 a.m. and noon.

Grand Avenue from Carlsbad Boulevard to Jefferson Street, and all of the cross streets in between, will be closed for the event. To make parking more convenient, complimentary shuttles will run to and from the faire. Shuttles will pick up and drop off passengers at the Poinsettia Coaster Station and the northwest corner of Sears at Westfield Plaza Camino Real.

For more information on becoming a vendor in the future, download this form or call (760) 931-8400.

For the first time, COASTER trains will take customers directly into the heart of the Carlsbad Village Street Faire, which organizers tout as the nation's largest one-day event of its kind. Two-for-one tickets will be offered on COASTER

Nov. 7 Prices:

Buy a COASTER ticket for $10-$13 and get a second ticket FREE.
Buy a SPRINTER Day Pass for $5 and get free COASTER or BREEZE connections.
Children under 5 years old always ride free.

Nov. 7 Schedule:

From San Diego, customers can catch one of three COASTER trains headed north before 1 p.m., picking up at Santa Fe Depot, Old Town, and Sorrento Valley.
Between Oceanside and Solana Beach, COASTER trains will run nearly hourly.
East-to-west SPRINTER trains will run every half-hour, with two options for a FREE quick connection to Carlsbad Village:
the 101 BREEZE bus from the Coast Highway Station.
the COASTER from Oceanside Transit Center.



Come see us at the Carlsbad Street Fair!
Carlsbad Street Fair
November 7th, 2010

More than 100,000 people will take in the beauty of our seaside city while browsing through unique booths, indulging in delectable eats and enjoying family entertainment when the largest one-day street faire in the nation returns next month.

The Carlsbad Village Street Faire will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 7, 2010. Each year, the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce hosts the faire in May and November. Now in its 37th year, the free event has grown to be so popular that it not only continually attracts people from all over Southern California, but also from other states. Some visitors even plan their vacations around the bi-annual event.

"The reason so many people return to the faire every year is that they can count on finding quality items to purchase because of the wide variety of vendors," said Ted Owen, president and chief executive officer of the Carlsbad Chamber. "You name it and it's for sale at the faire."

Just like at past faires, approximately 900 vendors will sell everything fathomable, including clothes, accessories, plants, household products, art, antiques and home decor. The international food court will once again feature more than 50 booths serving everything from Thai to Hawaiian cuisine. The children's area will entertain youngsters with games, a super slide, a bounce house, a rock climbing wall, face painting and arts and crafts.

The Rotary Club of Carlsbad's beer and wine garden will entertain fairgoers with a large screen TV and live bands. The Kiwanis Club of Carlsbad will continue its more than 25-year tradition of hosting a pancake breakfast at the Carlsbad railroad depot. The meal, which includes pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice, will be served between 7 a.m. and noon.

Grand Avenue from Carlsbad Boulevard to Jefferson Street, and all of the cross streets in between, will be closed for the event. To make parking more convenient, complimentary shuttles will run to and from the faire. Shuttles will pick up and drop off passengers at the Poinsettia Coaster Station and the northwest corner of Sears at Westfield Plaza Camino Real.

For more information on becoming a vendor in the future, download this form or call (760) 931-8400.

For the first time, COASTER trains will take customers directly into the heart of the Carlsbad Village Street Faire, which organizers tout as the nation's largest one-day event of its kind. Two-for-one tickets will be offered on COASTER

Nov. 7 Prices:

Buy a COASTER ticket for $10-$13 and get a second ticket FREE.
Buy a SPRINTER Day Pass for $5 and get free COASTER or BREEZE connections.
Children under 5 years old always ride free.

Nov. 7 Schedule:

From San Diego, customers can catch one of three COASTER trains headed north before 1 p.m., picking up at Santa Fe Depot, Old Town, and Sorrento Valley.
Between Oceanside and Solana Beach, COASTER trains will run nearly hourly.
East-to-west SPRINTER trains will run every half-hour, with two options for a FREE quick connection to Carlsbad Village:
the 101 BREEZE bus from the Coast Highway Station.
the COASTER from Oceanside Transit Center.



Come see us at the Carlsbad Street Fair!
Carlsbad Street Fair
November 7th, 2010

More than 100,000 people will take in the beauty of our seaside city while browsing through unique booths, indulging in delectable eats and enjoying family entertainment when the largest one-day street faire in the nation returns next month.

The Carlsbad Village Street Faire will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 7, 2010. Each year, the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce hosts the faire in May and November. Now in its 37th year, the free event has grown to be so popular that it not only continually attracts people from all over Southern California, but also from other states. Some visitors even plan their vacations around the bi-annual event.

"The reason so many people return to the faire every year is that they can count on finding quality items to purchase because of the wide variety of vendors," said Ted Owen, president and chief executive officer of the Carlsbad Chamber. "You name it and it's for sale at the faire."

Just like at past faires, approximately 900 vendors will sell everything fathomable, including clothes, accessories, plants, household products, art, antiques and home decor. The international food court will once again feature more than 50 booths serving everything from Thai to Hawaiian cuisine. The children's area will entertain youngsters with games, a super slide, a bounce house, a rock climbing wall, face painting and arts and crafts.

The Rotary Club of Carlsbad's beer and wine garden will entertain fairgoers with a large screen TV and live bands. The Kiwanis Club of Carlsbad will continue its more than 25-year tradition of hosting a pancake breakfast at the Carlsbad railroad depot. The meal, which includes pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice, will be served between 7 a.m. and noon.

Grand Avenue from Carlsbad Boulevard to Jefferson Street, and all of the cross streets in between, will be closed for the event. To make parking more convenient, complimentary shuttles will run to and from the faire. Shuttles will pick up and drop off passengers at the Poinsettia Coaster Station and the northwest corner of Sears at Westfield Plaza Camino Real.

For more information on becoming a vendor in the future, download this form or call (760) 931-8400.

For the first time, COASTER trains will take customers directly into the heart of the Carlsbad Village Street Faire, which organizers tout as the nation's largest one-day event of its kind. Two-for-one tickets will be offered on COASTER

Nov. 7 Prices:

Buy a COASTER ticket for $10-$13 and get a second ticket FREE.
Buy a SPRINTER Day Pass for $5 and get free COASTER or BREEZE connections.
Children under 5 years old always ride free.

Nov. 7 Schedule:

From San Diego, customers can catch one of three COASTER trains headed north before 1 p.m., picking up at Santa Fe Depot, Old Town, and Sorrento Valley.
Between Oceanside and Solana Beach, COASTER trains will run nearly hourly.
East-to-west SPRINTER trains will run every half-hour, with two options for a FREE quick connection to Carlsbad Village:
the 101 BREEZE bus from the Coast Highway Station.
the COASTER from Oceanside Transit Center.