by Ron Mader
Planeta.com launches our first online auction of traditional folk art from
Oaxaca, Mexico. The first piece is a design called the Granada Flower (Flor
de Granada) made by Luis Lazo Mendoza from the village of Teotitlán del
Valle. The weaving is 145×76 centimeters in size (57×30 inches).
Since not everyone can travel, Planeta.com is collaborating with the
artisanos in this online auction. Profits from the auction are used to
subsidize internet training offered to the artisanos. Ron Mader has offered
these workshops in Oaxaca since 2001.
“We are delighted to provide for auction a weaving prepared by one of the
students who participated in the Oaxaca Amigos English Language Class last
year,” said Planeta.com founder Ron Mader. “Beyond this auction, we
encourage everyone to visit the folkart workshops in person. It’s the best
way to make lasting friendships with the artisans.”
The Flor de Granada Auction concludes Tuesday March 31 (noon, Mexico time). Winners will need to
add a shipping fee. Winning bids will be tracked on the Oaxaca Wikispace.