Made In Mexico: Zapotec Weavers And The Global Ethnic Art Market

Paperback | July 17, 2008

byWilliam Warner Wood

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Made in Mexico introduces us to the people, places, and ideas that create Zapotec textiles and give them meaning. From Oaxaca, where guides escort tourists to weavers' homes and then to the shops and markets where weavings are sold, to the galleries and stores of the American Southwest, where textiles are displayed and purchased as home decor or ethnic artwork, W. Warner Wood's ethnographic account crosses the border in both directions to describe how the international market for Native American art shapes weavers' design choices. Everyone involved in this enterprise draws on images of rustic authenticity and indigenous tradition connecting the Mexican nation to its pre-Hispanic past, despite the fact that Zapotec textiles are commodities through and through. Wood examines the production and consumption of Zapotec textiles through the social practices that give them value.

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Made in Mexico introduces us to the people, places, and ideas that create Zapotec textiles and give them meaning. From Oaxaca, where guides escort tourists to weavers' homes and then to the shops and markets where weavings are sold, to the galleries and stores of the American Southwest, where textiles are displayed and purchased as hom...

W. Warner Wood is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies at Central Washington University. He is also Research Associate at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, where he was formerly a curator. He lives in Ellensburg, Washington.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.69 inPublished:July 17, 2008Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253219868

ISBN - 13:9780253219862

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Locating Mexico and Zapotec Weavers
Part 1. Constructing and Consuming the Zapotec
1. ¡Viva Oaxaca, No Hay Otro!
2. Touring Zapotec Weavers, or the Bug in the Rug
3. Selling Zapotec Textiles in the "Land of Enchantment"
Discussion: The Zapotec Industry
Part 2. Crafting Weavings and Weavers
4. The Zapotec Textile Production Complex
5. "We Learn to Weave by Weaving"
6. To Learn Weaving, MADE IN MEXICO
Discussion: Crafting Zapotec Weaving Practices
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"Made in Mexico represents a skillful combination of thick ethnographic description with sophisticated theorectical analysis.... Advanced students and scholars interested in museum studies, tourism, art, and cultural representation will find this to be a fascinating text, and it is well-suited to advanced undergraduate or graduate courses on these topics. Scholars of material culture in Mexico and the Southwestern United States especially will not want to miss it." -Museum Anthropology, Vol. 32, no. 2