Photographer Allison Heiliczer travels to San Miguel de Allende and Oaxaca and brings back these market scenes.
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Dia de los Muertos, Mexico

1. The colors kick off well before you reach the market. This is Day of the Dead in San Miguel de Allende.

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Stoic market woman

2. Taking a break from weaving a basket, this woman once-overs potential customers.

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Pots in a Oaxacan market

3. Oaxacan green pottery forms piles in the city's outdoor markets.

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Mexican weaver

4. At the loom, the art is in the concentrated weaving.

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Mexican wool

5. Colorful wool is one aspect of Oaxacan style.

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Fresh quesadillas, Mexico

6. The smell of these quesadillas draws a crowd.

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Making tejate, Oaxaca

7. Making tejate -- a Oaxacan drink of corn and cinnamon -- takes some muscle.

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Churros, Mexico

8. These churros were babied in a basket on the back of a bicycle before being delivered to the food market.

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Mexican market woman

9. Outside a larger market, this woman stakes her territory.

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Papaya for sale

10. Mexican papaya wrapped and displayed for sale at a local farmer’s market.

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Mexican vegetable market

11. Chayote, guaje, and avocado -- you can do so much with these ingredients.

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Woman selling tamales

12. Who cares how the tamales taste? She’s smiling at all the foot traffic crowding the market.

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Bags of spices and grains

13. Spices, grains, and beans. Sweetness.

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Selling meat in Oaxaca

14. A scene from Oaxaca's meat market.

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Lady with the chickens

15. Mexico's markets can only be romanticized so far. For those who make their living in them, it's hard work.