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Zapotec Clothing in Oaxaca

Grace Johnson

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Latin America and the Caribbean 2005

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The geographical setting of Oaxaca, except for narrow coastal strips, consists of mountainous zones with isolated peaks, broken by numerous deep canyons, valleys, and basins. The less rugged areas form the major concentrated settlement areas. The great variety of terrain, cultures, and languages make Oaxaca (a southern state of Mexico) one of the most complex regions in the country. In the past, the high mountains and difficulties of communication perpetuated the isolation of the people of Oaxaca

Mixtec Dress

Robert Lloyd Williams

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Latin America and the Caribbean 2005

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The production of textiles and clothing began in Mesoamerica long before the Common Era. Textile production was highly elaborated and was of primary economic and cultural importance. The Mixtec Indians of Oaxaca illustrated their own culturally identifiable clothing types in pictogram books called codices (singular, codex) of which five major examples survive. Mixtec clothing types were also typical of types used by other ethnicities in Mexico and Central America, but with their own culturally di

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