As mentioned in the "Collaborators 1" post, Rosa's family in Zinacantan are very skilled weavers and makers of beautiful hand woven wares. Here are some shots of their work and shop, Artesanias Alcatraz.
One of the most rewarding parts of this whole experience has been getting to know families intimately and becoming a part of their everyday lives. We visit Rosa for our weaving classes everyday and spend 2-4 hours with her and her daughters. We are now to the point where not only are we learing new skills daily, we are learning about lots about each others' customs, traditions, regions and food. We are equally as curious about each other and spend hours sharing stories and asking each other questions. They have never been outside of a couple mile radius, so having us there has also been an exciting part of their lives. They have grown to trust us and we have even been able to talk to her about and help with health issues. Rosa and Belinda have been trading recipes, and Rosa has taught her how to make Mayan tortillas, how to roast coffee. Belinda made an asian stir-fry to show Rosa how to make fried rice and introduce her to different spices. Our interaction with this family has been worth the whole trip. We expected to learn crafts, but are coming away with much more.