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    Hike: “El Picacho” Oaxaca, Mexico

    By Saasaan Nabavi - Founder of Zoku Handicrafts Date June 4th 2014     Introduction: The Valley of Oaxaca is one of rich history and breathtaking views. From the top of “El Picacho” you can look upon a valley that has been home to many people, from the earliest Indian forgers forming around 8000 BC to the evolution [...]

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    Visit: The Petrified Waterfall of Salina Blanca, Oaxaca, Mexico

    By Saasaan Nabavi - Founder of Zoku Handicrafts Date May 30th 2014   POINTS of INTEREST Distance: 113Km / 70 Miles from Oaxaca City Time: Roughly 2 hours Highway:  Federal Highway 190 Cost of Transportation: It varies. Depending on if you take colectivo or bus. We took a colectivo taxi for $350 peso, split 4 ways it became 90 [...]

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    Step by Step: A Naturally Dyed Hand-Woven Pillow Cover

    Step by Step: A Naturally Dyed Hand-Woven Pillow Cover By Saasaan Nabavi - Founder of Zoku Handicrafts Date April 4th 2014 This past March I once again left my home in San Diego, California and headed for Oaxaca, Mexico. I would spend the majority of my time in the quiet town of Teotitlan del Valle, just [...]

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    Natural Purple Dye from Sea Snails

    Natural Purple Dye from Sea Snails  By Saasaan Nabavi We first heard of the possibility of sea snails possessing the capability to produce purple dye for textiles while in Teotitlan del Valle. It was when we were there learning the methods used in retrieving natural dyes for red, yellow, blue and brown; we asked about [...]

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