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The Weavers

Our Weavers

The Weavers

The weavers of Oaxaca represent an ancient lineage of artisans who have maintained a rug making tradition for over 2000 years. We are humbled and proud to collaborate with these extraordinary artisans and help present their work to the world while providing them living wages.   

 We currently partner with four families, representing over 40 weavers to whom we are providing fair wages. We’ve personally met many of these weavers, broke bread with them, and played with their family pets.

“I love working with Stitch and Loom because I can experiment with all new colors. As a dye specialist, it brings me much joy to create colors we've never made before.” - Master Weaver Enedina Bazan

Stitch & Loom partners with

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Enedina Bazan

Enedina began weaving at the age of 16 and began by preparing the skeins of yarn for her parents who were also weavers. She enjoys every aspect of the Zapotec weaving tradition but mostly she enjoys how much it keeps the family and community together. She is also a master dyer, a unique skill in itself. Creating the color fast dyes is an extremely difficult and important part of the rug making. Enedina is the first weaver we met in Teotitlan Del Valle and we're so happy to be working with her.

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Enedina Bazan

Enedina began weaving at the age of 16 and began by preparing the skeins of yarn for her parents who were also weavers. She enjoys every aspect of the Zapotec weaving tradition but mostly she enjoys how much it keeps the family and community together. She is also a master dyer, a unique skill in itself. Creating the color fast dyes is an extremely difficult and important part of the rug making. Enedina is the first weaver we met in Teotitlan Del Valle and we're so happy to be working with her.

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Juana Bazan Chavez 

Juana has been weaving for over 30 years and began after her husband passed away. She loves the Zapotec weaving tradition because it is because it is passed down from generation to generation and keeps the culture alive. Juana is one of the most extraordinary people we've met so far in Teotitlan Del Valle. She's extremely graceful and full of life and is surprisingly witty. She also makes the best the best chocolate we've had in a long time and we never refuse her hot cocoa when we visit her.

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weaver-person

Juana Bazan Chavez 

Juana has been weaving for over 30 years and began after her husband passed away. She loves the Zapotec weaving tradition because it is because it is passed down from generation to generation and keeps the culture alive. Juana is one of the most extraordinary people we've met so far in Teotitlan Del Valle. She's extremely graceful and full of life and is surprisingly witty. She also makes the best the best chocolate we've had in a long time and we never refuse her hot cocoa when we visit her.

Yanet Bazan

Yanet has only been weaving for two years since leaving school, but one would think she's been weaving forever because she's extremely talented as a weaver. She learned from her mother Yanet and from when she visited her now husband, Manuel. She loves the tradition of weaving because it is so connected with nature. She particularly enjoys going to the river with her mother and washing the freshly dyed yarn. We attended the wedding of Yanet and Manuel in Teotitlan Del Valle and it was one of the most remarkable experiences we've ever had.

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Yanet Bazan

Yanet has only been weaving for two years since leaving school, but one would think she's been weaving forever because she's extremely talented as a weaver. She learned from her mother Yanet and from when she visited her now husband, Manuel. She loves the tradition of weaving because it is so connected with nature. She particularly enjoys going to the river with her mother and washing the freshly dyed yarn. We attended the wedding of Yanet and Manuel in Teotitlan Del Valle and it was one of the most remarkable experiences we've ever had.

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Trinidad and Efrain

Efrain is quick to shower his wife Trinidad with praise. “There are no rugs that lie flatter nor straighter than hers!” We love them!! While Trinidad does the majority of the weavers as well as preparing the wool, Efrain helps with dyeing the wool and measuring out the designs. Trinidad's favorite part of working with Stitch and Loom is weaving the new purple and pink tones.

weaver-person
weaver-person

Trinidad and Efrain

Efrain is quick to shower his wife Trinidad with praise. “There are no rugs that lie flatter nor straighter than hers!” We love them!! While Trinidad does the majority of the weavers as well as preparing the wool, Efrain helps with dyeing the wool and measuring out the designs. Trinidad's favorite part of working with Stitch and Loom is weaving the new purple and pink tones.

Jose, Cecilia and son Axel Mendoza

The newest addition to the Stitch and Loom team, Jose and Cecilia are a talented weaving duo who left their studies to pursue their dream of being master weavers. Defying the traditional gendered division of labour (women work the wool, men weave) this cohesive team do everything together, from washing and dyeing the wool to setting up the loom and weaving. Their main goal in partnering with us to help preserve the Zapotec weaving tradition for generations to come.

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Jose, Cecilia and son Axel Mendoza

The newest addition to the Stitch and Loom team, Jose and Cecilia are a talented weaving duo who left their studies to pursue their dream of being master weavers. Defying the traditional gendered division of labour (women work the wool, men weave) this cohesive team do everything together, from washing and dyeing the wool to setting up the loom and weaving. Their main goal in partnering with us to help preserve the Zapotec weaving tradition for generations to come.

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Josefina Mendez

She enjoys everything about the Zapotec weaving tradition but mostly she loves the actual weaving. She loves the feeling of completing a rug after working on it for days on end. Her primary motivation in partnering with us is to provide for her two daughters and allow them to continue their studies. As Josefina put it, "whether it's a book or piece of equipment, we want to be able to provide."

weaver-person
weaver-person

Josefina Mendez

She enjoys everything about the Zapotec weaving tradition but mostly she loves the actual weaving. She loves the feeling of completing a rug after working on it for days on end. Her primary motivation in partnering with us is to provide for her two daughters and allow them to continue their studies. As Josefina put it, "whether it's a book or piece of equipment, we want to be able to provide."

The Mendez Family

The Mendez family is an extremely stoic and lovely weaving family. Three generations living under the same roof, they are all so grateful to be together, weaving and celebrating life.

weaver-person

The Mendez Family

The Mendez family is an extremely stoic and lovely weaving family. Three generations living under the same roof, they are all so grateful to be together, weaving and celebrating life.

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