Valley of Zimatlan – San Bartolo Coyotepec – San Martin Tilcajete – Santo Tomas Jalietza
Today we will travel south in the Valley of Zimatlan to see the diversity of the folk art created by local artisans. First we will visit the famed black pottery village of San Bartolo Coyotepec, where we will visit the famed potter CarloMagno Pedro who specializes in Day of the Dead art, then visit the home of Sofia & Simón Reyes, a family with many generations of making the traditional ollas who will give a demo of their traditional
work. To end our visit in this lovely town, we will stop to see the new State Folk Art Museum.
From there we will continue to the village of San Martin Tilcajete famous for the Alebrijes-Fine wooden painted animals! Here we will be hosted by a traditional family of fine wood carvers, who will first show us their work and then give us a “tortilla making class” and after we can enjoy some with delicious hand made quesadillas from their hot “comal”. Afterwards we will have time to stroll through the village to different carver’s home-studios.
On the way back, we will stop at Santo Tomas Jalieza to see the centuries old use of the back strap loom with the Mendoza Family who will also host us for a traditional lunch and share with us their secrets of making delicious Day of the Dead quesadillas! We will then see the work of the younger daughters Abigail & Eva Mendoza who make intricate miniature weaving and have been included in the Smithsonian collection of Textiles!
Spend the evening at leisure in the city.