Oaxaca State Part 1Posted: May 9, 2011
The State of Oaxaca is a large producer of Huaraches and many original designs. Probably the most famous are the ‘Cincho’ Huaraches that come in 3 versions; ‘Cincho’, ‘Dos Cinchos’ and ‘Tres Cinchos’. The ‘Cincho’ is essentially the same as the ‘Una, Dos, or Tres Correas’, as the design is know in the rest of Mexico. The main difference between the ‘Correa’ and the ‘Cincho’ Huaraches from the ‘Tierra de Juarez’ (Benito) is the pointed sole.
To find the largest selection of ‘Cincho’ Huaraches its probably best to go to one of the main ‘Valle Centrales’ Pueblo markets on market day. The following photos were taken in Tlacolula 40km south east of Oaxaca City on Sunday.
The ‘Cincho Forado’ is the lined version.
There is also a good selection of Huaraches at the Market at Octolan also. Below is an example of the ‘Dos Cinchos’.
For anyone not wanting to venture out into Oaxaca, there is a small market in the city center with many Huarache styles for sale. For me however the best made ‘Cincho’ Huarches were seen in Tlacolula. Below is an example of the ‘Tres Cinchos’ Huarache design for sale in Oaxaca City market.
Be warned that if you have wide feet the nature of the ‘Cinco’ constructions makes your foot even wider looking.
Tlacolula market also sold the ‘Pala’ Huarache is known for its top piece that is flat like a spade.
These very interesting designs are all asymmetrical.
The ‘Pala’ also has very original markings.