Women all over Oaxaca wear aprons almost every day. You see them in markets and parks, picking up kids from school and feeding the chickens. Each village has created their own variation on the full fronted style. Some have ruffles at the shoulder and gathered skirts while others are more simple with two pockets and a tie at the back waist. Xima’s aprons were fully embroidered, scalloped at the bottom and could almost stand alone.
We went to visit an apron making family in San Miguel Del Valle on the north side of the wide valley east of Oaxaca City. There were just two electric sewing machines for husband and wife in a small shop/studio full of color.
Aprons, bordados, are their speciality but they also create embroidered shirts for men, dresses and blouses for women and adorable dresses for little girls.
The hills are steep. We stopped to see the village church and admire the view.