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Shoppers and sellers, Tlacolula market

Photo by Tony Mindling
November 2002

Traditional clothing styles characterize rural villages. The scene is the market in Tlacolula, where people have come to shop in preparation for the Day of the Dead. A woman from San Marcos, with wide red ribbons twined in her braids, shops for flowers being sold by people of the neighboring village of San Bartolome. The pottery in the forground was made by Leopoldo Barranco of Coyotepec, and is characterized by the black metallic sheen that developes during high-firing in a sealed underground kiln.