The process of making weavings starts with washing the wool in the river (no soap). Then it is dried and carded. After it is spun into yarn, it is dyed, then washed inh the river again and dried. The weaving is done on European horizontal looms, although a few weavers still use the pre-Hispanic backstrap loom.
The weavers use a combination of traditional Zapotec and Navajo designs: diamonds, triangles and rectangles; birds, butterflies, flowers;and pre-Columbian figures and motifs.
Below are some photographs of weavers and village life in Teotitlan. Clicking on any image will bring up a larger version of that image. We hope that you enjoy these pictures as much as we enjoy working with these very special people.
The raw wool is broken into progressively smaller clumps
Then carded and spun.
It is then dyed and washed in the river.
Hung out to dry
and then woven into rugs or tapestries.
A weaver's tools.
Preparing chicken and making tortillas are part of daily life.