Teotitlán del Valle and surrounding villages produce some of the most beautiful weaving in all of Mexico. The production of textiles dates back to 500 BCE in this region. As a weaver herself, Linda can offer unique insight into the processes and techniques of this specific Oaxacan craft.
Nearly all of the rugs are made from wool, and many families are still able to dye the wool using natural pigments from the cochineal insect, indigo plant, Mexican marigold, and other sources.
Much of the weaving that is used in bag, belt, and rebozo design employs an ancient technique in which the weaver is actually strapped into the loom as they slowly work the threads.
Join Linda as she takes you to several artisan families that have home workshops. Each family has several looms of the same design introduced in the 16th century.