The artisans who weave for Manos Zapotecas are families in Teotitlan who have brought company owner Shelley Tennyson into their homes and lives. She got to know them while volunteering for a marvelous non-profit microfinance program called EnVia. Small loans are given to women entrepreneurs in the village, in order to help them grow their businesses, and the funding comes from tourists in Oaxaca who want to help and also see how microfinance works.
Each artist has grown up in a weaving family, learning their craft at a very young age. The dyeing and weaving process has become a part of their life rhythm, celebrating their ancestral heritage with each new design or color. Their unhurried pace of life allows for unmatched attention to detail, and they take huge pride in each finished piece. We’d like to introduce you to a few of these artisans: