Our artisan pottery partner, Julio Martinez Diaz, is from the small Mexican village of Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec in the Sierra Mixe region of the Sierra Madre Mountain range in Oaxaca state. A town of less than 10,000 – they are four hours from Oaxaca city, high in the mountains.
Indigenous Mixe are one of the most culturally conservative of the remaining pre-Hispanic groups and have managed to maintain their original, unwritten language, unlike many other Mexican groups.
Obakki is honoured to work with Julio to help him reach his well-planned vision of a community art and pottery centre in his town. Julio strives to preserve ancient traditions – and help his community – while he creates his amazing pottery. He’s our kind of person.