Made in Mexico: Zapotec Weavers and the Global Ethnic Art Market - Tracking Globalization (Paperback)William Warner Wood (author)
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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.
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 39 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
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. Vol. 32, no. 2 * Museum Anthropology *
In telling a traditional tale about Zapotecs in the town of Teotitlan del Valle, Wood explores the broader parameters of what is Zapotec culture and, especially, what are Zapotec textiles, in a transnational context.2010, Volume 42 * The Journal of Latin American Studies *
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