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Made in Mexico introduces us to the people, places, and ideas that create Zapotec textiles and give them meaning. From Oaxaca, where guides escort tourists to weavers' homes and then to the shops and markets where weavings are sold, to the galleries and stores of the American Southwest, where textiles are displayed and purchased as home decor or ethnic artwork, W. Warner Wood's ethnographic account crosses the border in both directions to describe how the international market for Native American art shapes weavers' design choices. Everyone involved in this enterprise draws on images of rustic authenticity and indigenous tradition connecting the Mexican nation to its pre-Hispanic past, despite the fact that Zapotec textiles are commodities through and through. Wood examines the production and consumption of Zapotec textiles through the social practices that give them value.. . . The international aspects of marketing and production, as well as weavers' uses of text sources to reproduce earlier Zapotec and Navajo textilesbeautifully illustrated in 30 color platesunderscore the social constructedness of representations of national cultural heritage. . . Recommended. Most levels/libraries.July 2009Made in Mexico is an original and provocative examination of the trade in weavings and textiles. . . . A significant contribution to both the specific literature on Oaxacan weaving and a more general literature on the production and market of 'ethnic' arts and crafts.Made in Mexico represents a skillful combination of thick ethnographic description with sophisticated theorectical analysis. . . . Advanced students and scholars interested in museum studies, tourism, art, and cultural representation will find this to be a fascinating text, and it is well-suited to advanced undergraduate or graduate courses on these topics. Scholars of material culture in Mexico and the Southwestern United States especially will not want to miss it. Vol. 32, no. 2In telling a traditional l“»
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