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 AntoniaAntonia

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. To this day, she credits her mother for motivating her to continue growing and improving in her work. 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 MarcosMarcos

Marcos is a 26-year-old weaver who exemplifies respect for tradition while embracing modern life. Born and raised in the same house on the outskirts of Teotitlan, he has walked the dirt road into town to attend school almost daily since age five. Later, he walked the road to catch to village bus into Oaxaca City for high school, and then while attending the Technological University. He is now a proud engineering college graduate, one of the few young people in the villiage to hold this honor. 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. Years and years of experience, and a desire to create “something different,” has given their rugs and bags a unique quality of design and color that definitely stands out. The colors especially, almost all from natural vegetable dyes, are combined exquisitely into each work of art. Read more...