Reed Curtains

Friday, August 15, 2008

Today, in between continuing events for La Asunción, I helped my friend Nacho with a project he is working on.

He’s in town visiting his parents for a week.  In a previous visit, he had helped them build a covered patio for outdoor parties.  His parents had decided they wanted it be somewhat enclosed, so Nacho decided it would look nice to have walls made out of dried carrizo (bamboo) [yii] stalks for the sides and to have carrizo curtains for the front and back.

With the help of various people, he collected a load of dried carrizo, which then had to be cleaned and cut down to a uniform length.  He had already put together one of the carrizo curtains when I was recruited to help out with the second.  We laid our rope out on the ground, and then laid the carrizo on it, threading our rope through the dried stalks.  We then hung the curtain and celebrated a job well done, as the second curtain exhausted our supply of carrizo, ending the work on the project for the day.

I like to think having a third person there to work the middle rope really did save them time and effort and it was fun to participate in a somewhat traditional building project.

Carrizo Curtains

Carrizo Curtains


One comment

  1. […] My friend Nacho is coming back to Oaxaca for about a week.  He’s arriving at 6 in the morning and I am part of the delegation that’s going to pick him up.   Then at 10:30, he and I along with Margarita and her sister are supposed to be visiting  a school where Nacho’s cousin teaches.  There, we are going to be making a presentation to a group of 65-70 junior high and high school students about Zapotec and indigenous languages.  Nacho’s cousin had mentioned to the director about being from the Sierra and apparently he’s enthusiastic about the area and interested in languages and wanted her to do something on it.  She called Nacho who told her we were still around and voila, a presentation has come together.  I’m excited and hope the students will enjoy it. […]

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