A visit to Morelia, Mexico's former capital, has made a great impression on me. Raquel's father who was born there assured me it was the capital of the world. I don't think I agree with that, but an argument could surely be made to call it the craft capital of the world. Never have I seen so many crafts and of such a diversity as in Morelia. Textiles, glassware, pottery, copperwork, woodwork, silverware, basketry, you name it and it can be found in Morelia, and all (of course) of the finest quality.
There we met with señora Esperanza, who works on a waist loom, with which she weaves beautiful lace-like textiles. She is one in a long line of weavers to use this technique and has in turn taught her daughter and granddaughter the craft.
We've shown her our plastic yarns and she was delighted to give them a try. She immediately started on the warp while telling us about her work. Here you can see her with a few bobbins of yarn that I've spun and the tool she uses to measure the warp. Her samples should be done in a few days and we can't wait to see how they've turned out.