Mexican state of Oaxaca is focus of fashion show in Ogden

Participants in a fashion show on Feb. 3, 2023, featuring the clothing of Oaxaca, Mexico, walk the runway at the event. Oaxaca en Utah sponsored the event and is holding another fashion show in Ogden on Feb. 18.

Participants in a fashion show on Feb. 3, 2023, featuring the clothing of Oaxaca, Mexico, walk the runway at the event. Oaxaca en Utah sponsored the event and is holding another fashion show in Ogden on Feb. 18. (Oaxaca en Utah)


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OGDEN — The clothing of the Mexican state of Oaxaca, known for its Indigenous population, will be the focus of a fashion show in Ogden.

Oaxaca en Utah, a nonprofit group formed to promote and celebrate the culture of the Mexican state, is hosting the free event, to be held Sunday from 3-9 p.m. at the Copper Nickel, at 2450 Grant Ave., in Ogden. The theme of the event is Honoring Roots, Living History.

"We want more people to know about our Oaxacan traditions," said Norma Carver, the leader of Oaxaca en Utah. Carver is originally from Oaxaca and now lives in Kaysville.

Four runways are to be set up, each featuring different fashions from Oaxaca's varied Indigenous communities, a local clothing designer originally from Argentina and more.

"We're going to do a fusion between Oaxaca and Argentina, between Oaxaca and Mexico," Carver said. "It's a fusion."

The clothing from Oaxaca — made by hand and coming to Utah from Mexico — will represent the state's varied regions. The fashions featured in the show will be available for purchase. Traditional dances from two of Oaxaca's regions will also be performed.

Oaxaca has the second-highest population of people age 5 and older who speak an Indigenous language — 1.19 million people — trailing only Chiapas, with 1.39 million, according to Mexico's National Institute of Statistics and Geography.

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Tim Vandenack covers immigration, multicultural issues and Northern Utah for KSL.com. He worked several years for the Standard-Examiner in Ogden and has lived and reported in Mexico, Chile and along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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