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Zapotec Ancestory

In the Mexican city of Oaxaca, weaving is an ancient tradition throughout Zapotec villages. Traditionally, villagers have made large weavings to be used as large rugs or wall hangings that were sold to tourists. Recently, the demand for these large pieces has declined. Worried about losing this wonderful part of her family’s culture, a young woman named Lucy started developing smaller pieces of weaving such as wallets and purses. She and her family members dye the sheep wool using all natural dyes such as nuts, indigo plants, and even cochinilla that grows on a cactus pad! The extensive dying process takes at least two weeks to get from the sheep to the loom and then into a beautiful product. This amazing art form is so special to the Zapotec people of Oaxaca, Mexico. As you purchase these products, you will not only help preserve this beautiful ancient tradition but will also be able to help them have a sustainable living income with dignity and hope.