Traditional Fridays #ViernesTradicional

el pasado viernes 28 de febrero dio inicio la campaña #viernestradicional promoviendo el uso de prendas tradicionales/ artesanales en san cristóbal de las casas, chiapas. la iniciativa propuesta por impacto textil y la dirección de patrimonio urbano de la ciudad, alcanzó el interés no sólo de la gente local sino de otros participantes del país. queremos invitarlos a unirse a este movimiento local promoviendo en sus redes y compartiendo sus propias imágenes en fb, tw o ig con el #viernestradicional.

on friday, february 28, the traditional friday (#viernestradicional) campaign was launched in san cristobal de las casas, chiapas to promote the use of traditional and artisanal dress. this initiative is being promoted by impacto textil (a local ngo) and the city´s cultural patrimony office. it is not just a local movement, it is already circulating around the country – and hopefully the world! you are invited to share this fabulous initiative on your social networks, and better yet – participate! take a selfie in your favorite traditional outfit and share it on facebook, twitter or instagram using the hashtag #viernestradicional.

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Traditional Fridays #ViernesTradicional

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Lighweight Spring Scarves

In the winter, scarves are a necessity, but in the spring, they’re a must have accessory!  These are some must have scarves for spring – not only are they lightweight, but they’re super versatile and go from being a chunky neck scarf to something light to cover your shoulders on Saturday night in your LBD.  And to top it all off – they’re handwoven on the backstrap loom.  Handwoven means the artisans started with just threads, and with their immense skill and talents, they wove these threads into a scarf using an ancient technique passed down for generations.  You won’t find that artisanship quality or soul at the GAP.  

 

Here are the top picks:

 

Classic White – your everyday go to scarf that just screams ¨Look out everyone, spring is here!¨ 

Colors & Tradition – For the girl with a bit of a wild side with an appreciation for fine art and creativity of the rural artisans.

Poppin’ Red – Make your bright red statement with this handwoven scarf for a pop of color on those days with April showers.

 

View the entire handmade scarf collection at www.chiapasbazaar.com

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Beaches of Chiapas, Mexico

When one thinks of Mexican beaches, white sand, endless sunny days, coconuts, one naturally thinks of the Riviera Maya or the famous surfing beaches of Oaxaca, even the formerly famed but now decaying, Acapulco.  One typically doesn´t think of Chiapas.  

 

But, lo and behold, about two hours by car from the capital city of Tuxtla Gutierrez, via a recently built well-maintained highway, you find yourself on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.  The area is still highly undeveloped, with mostly local Chiapanecans visiting the beach on the weekends or during Holy week and summer vacations.  It´s still primarily fishing villages.  But if you like the low-key vibe, laying in a hammock, and dipping in the cool ocean when you overheat, warding off (or enjoying!) food vendors and their treats, then the coast of Chiapas might be for you.  If you´re hoping for a big planned resort development community, please don´t go there.  If you expect paved roads, it might not be the place for you either.  If you like fresh seafood, cool beer or micheladas, then go into one of the various palapas you´ll find along the beach, take a seat and then relax and enjoy the fruits of the ocean.  

 

Puerto Artista is the most populated and frequently visited beach spot on the coast.  There are other even smaller towns, like Boca del Cielo, that are also frequently visited, but perhaps less so.  There are various hotels of varying quality along the primary road in Puerto Arista.  A recently opened boutique hotel has joined the more traditional style hotels.  

 

If you go to Puerto Arista, we recommend going to either end of the main road and making yourself comfortable there.  In the center, there´s sometimes a bit of raucousness and bigger groups.  To really get the vibe, you´ll be happier off the already unbeaten path.

 

Bring flip flops as the sand is darker, volcanic sand, and warms up significantly with the tropical sun.  Bring some coins to enjoy the mangos on the drive in – you´re in mango territory there and you´ll have to enjoy a fresh mango on a stick or cut up in a baggie.  Delish!

 

Puerto Arista even has a turtle sanctuary where you can visit the little turtles and once a year, release them to sea.

 

 

Questions about visiting Puerto Arista?  We´re not Lonely Planet, but we live here and visit Puerto Arista a few times per year, so maybe we can help.  Feel free to leave a comment or contact us.  

http://www.chiapasbazaar.com

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Movie Review: Black Gold

Public Health Nutrition

Last weekend, I sat down and watched a movie that I’d been wanting to watch for quite some time: Black Gold. This movie is about coffee: the second most profitable commodity, only after petroleum. The film follows the work of Tadesse Meskela, who runs a coffee cooperative in Ethiopia and fights to get his growers higher prices for their beans. One scene in the film shows Meskela talking to a group of his growers about the price of a cup of coffee in the United States. The farmers literally laugh when they hear the number – they can’t even imagine it. If you purchase a cup of coffee for $3 at Starbucks, the amount that gets back to the farmer is 1/100th of that – $0.03.

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There is definitely a human aspect to this film and you do get to see the journey of a group of farmers and cooperatives as…

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Mexican Wedding Gift Ideas

Mexican Wedding Gift Ideas

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