We all in Oaxaca are in a transitional process, thinking about the future and looking back on the history that we made together. This is a very special time, the women in Miramar are more and more independent and strong, they are speaking out about what they think and what they want in the future. Weavers have set up a team for marketing their products, they now are very clear about the importance of having a market in USA and also expanding the market in Oaxaca and Mexico. They are going to dye the wool later this year, in September, but we are going to try an experimental process from Brazil to get red and purple in cotton.
The literacy program is at a very interesting point. The current teachers are writing about their experiences with the project with the guide of Dr. Patricia Tovar to be included as a chapter for the literacy manual. This is going to be very helpful for new teachers. In September and October, Patricia Tovar is going to train more teachers in the Mixtec area. We also are doing a doll-making workshop, this is the second part of the first project which was part of the exhibit at the Museo de Textil in Oaxaca. Now the new dolls are more complex, they have symbols on their bodies that express the relation with nature in Mixtec culture. The next step is to write short stories about these symbols. This is a very advanced exercise of the reading program.
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