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      Our Stories | Mexicali Blues Blog — mexicali travels

      MEXICALI MAKERS: NYOMAN, INDONESIA

      MEXICALI MAKERS: NYOMAN, INDONESIA

      Meet Nyoman, the awesome Mexicali Maker who, working with her family, creates the the stunning rainbow of our handpainted batiks! Join Mexicali owners Pete and Kim as she takes us on a tour of her workplace and shows us how one of these gorgeous textile works-of-art is crafted.

      Mexicali co-owner Kim muses, “I remember when we discovered Nyoman, we were on a motor bike headed to a market outside of town and I spied some great hand painted chakra flags and wall hangings. I made Pete turn around!

      Upon entering Nyoman’s shop we were greeted with a huge smile and welcomed as if we had been working with her for years. We started with a small order which was no problem for her because she knew that her quality and attention to detail would keep us coming back with more and more orders. Nyoman’s beautiful smile and personality radiates happiness, kindness, and a feeling of being in the “now”.

      From designing to helping us pick out colors (which can be so difficult when they’re all SO gorgeous!), Nyoman has a way of making you feel that you are the only one that matters, even though you know she has many other buyers she is creating for.

      The hand painting of her fabrics is all done at her family compound (which is how the Balinese live, a communal living with extended family) and is simply amazing to see.

      So happy we turned around that day on the motor bike!”

      >>>>Check out some of Nyoman’s awesome handpainted batik HERE<<<<

       

      MEXICALI TRAVELS: EXPLORING THE ART OF BLOCK PRINT IN INDIA

      MEXICALI TRAVELS: EXPLORING THE ART OF BLOCK PRINT IN INDIA

      Narrated by Mexicali Blues owner Pete Erskine and filmed by son Chauncey, this short travel video offers an insider look at the making of block print tapestry wall hangings in Jaipur, India. We take you with us through the crafting and buying process that goes into block print tapestries, bags, quilts, and more--traveling from their inception in India all the way to Mexicali Blues in Maine and then off to decorating your home in the most beautiful bohemian ways!

      Aside from looking groovy, these unique textiles have a rich history in India, and are still produced using handmade dyeing and printing techniques that make each piece a subtly individual work of art! Although the younger generations of textile artists in India are shifting their focus to less labor-intensive screenprinting, the artisans who create our India print tapestries and accessories are keeping tradition alive through hand-dyeing and block-printing.

      We travel frequently to India and other far-flung locales, importing responsibly through creating and maintaining long-term and mutually beneficial relationships with the artisans and families who create our merchandise. We are proud to offer tapestries, reversible block print bags, bohemian scarves, and other cool decor and fashion items that are created using block printing and other awesome traditional techniques! 

      SHOP BLOCK PRINT GOODS HERE

      MINDFUL TRAVEL: KEEPING KINDNESS IN MIND WHEREVER WE GO

      MINDFUL TRAVEL: KEEPING KINDNESS IN MIND WHEREVER WE GO

      It is always our goal to be kind and mindful members of the community of humanity, whether we’re at home in Maine, visiting the awesome artisans who craft the goods we sell at Mexicali Blues, or traveling the globe just to explore. Some of what we know of as thoughtful and polite behavior here is […]

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      MEXICALI TRAVELS: HOLI, INDIA’S FESTIVAL OF COLOR

      MEXICALI TRAVELS: HOLI, INDIA’S FESTIVAL OF COLOR

      Pete, Kim, and Carly were just in India for Holi, the annual festival of colors! Holi proclaims the end of winter, and rejoices in the coming bounty of the Spring harvest season. It is also a celebration of color and community–a chance to set differences aside and just have FUN! We were so happy enjoy […]

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      MEXICALI TRAVELS: CARLY’S NEPAL PACKING PICKS

      MEXICALI TRAVELS: CARLY’S NEPAL PACKING PICKS

      A lifelong traveler, Carly Erskine has been traveling with her parents, Mexicali co-owners Pete and Kim, since she was just a baby.  With 20-something years of experience traveling and a solid preference for backpacks over wheel-y suitcases, she’s gotten packing light down to an art, even when venturing to three countries with very different climates […]

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