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The Weavers

The weavers of Oaxaca represent an ancient lineage of artisans who have maintained a rug making tradition for over 2000 years. An exceptionally talented collective of people who happen to live in one of the poorest states of Mexico, this unfortunate reality inhibits these weavers from competing in the global marketplace. 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.

 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.


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. 

Reynaldo Bazan

Reynaldo began weaving at 8 years old and apprenticed under his papa. He bagan by dyeing the skeins then eventually became a weaver. He takes immense pride in the Zapotec weaving tradition and loves the feeling of being connected to his ancient ancestors. It makes him feel like he's part of something greater than himself. We sat next to him at Yanet's wedding and he is an extremely kind man and made us feel very welcomed in such a foreign place. We shared a few mezcals with him at breakfast, which helped loosen us up a bit! 

Maria Ruiz 

Maria has been weaving for 22 years and learned from her parents. She used to help her mom with dyeing the wool and when she got a little older, she would help card the wool. 
Her favorite aspect of the Zapotec weaving tradition is the creating the dyes using natural elements. She loves nature and feels a deep connection with the earth when the weavers use plants to create colorfast dyes. 

Bibiana Matias Vecente

Bibiana has been weaving for over 30 years and learned many years ago by observing her whole family weave in the courtyard of their home. What she loves most about the Zapotec weaving process is the satisfaction of completing a rug, which can take days or weeks to finish. She says that little by little and thread by thread, she is slowly creating something beautiful for the world. 



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. To her, it's a labor of love. 
Her favorite design is the "Rainbow" because it is her unique design and she loves all the colors used. 
When we visited Josefina, she insisted we stay for lunch. She and her mother Hermelinda cooked us the most amazing tostadas and flor de calabaza quesadillas!