The Weaving Women of Santo Tomas Jalieza

The Weaving Women of Santo Tomas Jalieza started due to a collective vision. Women in the community wanted to come together to share their beautiful textiles with customers and receive more work by equally distributing their income amongst each other. They also wanted to help provide for their families and at the same time work to preserve their Zapotec traditions. Fourty four women now work within the co-operative and are continuing to teach their daughters to weave, to preserve what is a dying art.

The women love to weave with bright colours (particularly pink) and are continually creating new designs that blow us away. They create each design by hand on a backstrap loom and sewing machine. Their traditional technique is what sets them apart, as they weave intricate patterns with raised threads that stand out above the rest.


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