Artisans

Manos Zapotecas works with a core group of artisans who design our products and are empowered to lead other weavers in the execution of their designs.  While the MZ network of weavers can be as large as 80 during high production times, these are the artisans who lead the creative process and manage production. 

Artisan MalenaMalena

Malena has always been known for her ready smile and many jokes. Nowadays, she is also known as one of Manos Zapotecas’ most popular designers and she is such a pleasure to work with because of her easy, affable nature. Read more...

Meet Artisan Antonia Antonia

Antonia is the third child of a traditional Zapotec family in Teotitlan del Valle. Her father began teaching her the ancient knowledge of weaving at age 10. Her favorite part of the process is the dyeing and combining of colors for her designs, with a preference toward greens, grays, and rust. Read more...

Artisans Maria Luisa + Jose LuisMaria Luisa + Jose Luis

The family lives in Tlacochahuaya, a small town just a few miles away from Teotitlán del Valle, where most of the other Manos  Zapotecas weavers live. The shop inside of their home is spotlessly clean and arranged with an eye for beauty, with purses hanging from a wooden rack and rugs, cosmetic bags, pillow covers and coin purses lined up neatly on tables. Read more...

Artisan RocioRocio

Rocio learned the art of textile dyeing and weaving from her mother. At age six she was tasked with preparing the wool for the loom and eventually took on more advanced parts of the process. At 13 she began weaving in earnest and dedicated herself to the family business whenever she wasn’t in school. Read more...

Artisan JosefinaJosefina

Josefina is from a town called Tlacochahuaya, nearby to the town of Teotitlan, where she lives now with her husband Paco and their four children. Instead of growing up weaving as many of our artisans did, she comes from a farming family and didn’t begin to learn the craft until after she was married. Read more...

 

Artisan LudivinaLudivina

When you enter the multi-family home of Ludi and Fausto, and begin looking at their woven creations, you sense immediately that there is something special here. Though both are very soft spoken like so many of the Zapotec people, their weavings speak for them.  Read more...

 Isabel 

Isabel began weaving at the age of 14, and at just 26-years-old, she had grown into a very talented weaver. She lives with her parents, her two brothers and two sisters in Teotítlan del Valle, and the entire family weaves. Read more ... 

 Benedita

Benedita has been weaving baskets with palm for almost 50 years, starting when she was thirteen. Hers is a family business, as she works alongside her mother, two sisters, and a cousin. Read more ... 

 Fernando

Fernando has a long, wonderful history with leather. At the age of 10, in the central Mexican city of Guadalajara, he began working at his uncle’s leather shoe company. He was in charge of sewing the shoes. When he was older, he graduated to making bags and belts as well. He also began assisting in sales.  Read more ...