Be inspired by exotic places and rich cultures through Destination to Inspiration—a series of curated collections, mood boards and designs influenced by far off places, unique cultures and other inspiration I have gathered on my travels.
Oaxaca is Mexico’s fifth-largest state by area. Lying in the southwest of the country, it possesses an extended Pacific coastline, rugged mountain terrain and a reputation for its diverse indigenous population. Humans have inhabited this area since roughly 2000BC. Though I named this post, Modern Mixtec, the Mixtec people are just one of 16 indigenous groups officially recognized across the State. That makes Oaxaca exceptionally rich in culture and fascinating to explore as a traveller! Even if you can’t make it to Mexico, don’t worry, you can bring a little Mexico to you with these colours, motifs and flavours from Oaxaca.
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- Pacific Market Tote – MZ sources it’s gorgeous bags and homewares like the Pacific Market Tote from traditional craftspeople and marginalised groups in Oaxaca, Mexico.
- Palm leaf baskets – These baskets are handwoven in Oaxaca for Globein, who employ 100 artisans to create these gorgeous parcels for their artisan box subscription boxes, or to be purchased individually.
- Mezcal – Switch up your tequila for a night and try mezcal instead. Oaxaca is one of Mexico’s major mezcal-producing regions. The small-batch spirit can be environmentally harmful when produced on a large scale and brands like Montelobos are innovating around sustainability.
- Sotela Luna Wrap Dress – This golden mustard dress channels one of the gorgeous hues prevalent in Oaxaca’s art, textiles and architecture, made by Sotela, an ethical clothing line, designed and produced in LA.
- Mictlán Earrings – These silver and turquoise earrings inspired by Pre-Columbian Mixtec and Zapotec motifs found in archaeological sites in Oaxaca.
- Oaxacan Chocolate – Oaxacans traditionally like their chocolate with cinnamon and almonds. Try this blend for your next hot chocolate-you’re going to love it!