Our Side Trip to Tlamacazapa
…took about 45 minutes by “Combi” Volkswagen bus from Taxco. Omar, who lives in Taxco and has roots in Tlama is our main connection to products from this little village but we wanted to touch the people directly and see how the various artisan crafted woven palm handbags were made. We were excited to discover the woven and colorful art for which the pueblo is known.Upon arrival, we felt like we were intruding on the villagers, as it was evident that we were foreigners. I immediately started taking photos but realized that we were in a place that “taking” photos may be contrary to the indigenous Nahuatl culture-so I stopped. We proceeded to walk between the rows of humble brick houses where people had their wares for sale. We realized that the “tianguis” market was for the most basic needs of the neighborhood and not the colorful artistic pieces we were in search of. Freshly butchered meats hung from hooks next to basic utensils for sale; used electronics lined the main street. One market owner introduced us to Caramella; she took us into her home and showed us her craft: colorful handwoven beach bags and casual handbags…and we became her new customer.