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Anytime of year Oaxaca is a wonderful place to pick up beautifully crafted folk art — everything from black clay pottery to colorfully painted wooden animals, gorgeous textiles from nearby Teotitlan del Valle to hand-made paper from Etla. But if you're in Oaxaca during a fiesta (and when isn't there some sort of fiesta in Oaxaca?), street vendors are particularly plentiful. This sketch was done early one morning during Semana Santa on the Zócolo. I was nearly the only person up and dressed. The vendors, who often sleep in their stalls, were just waking up and getting going when I sketched this little piece.