The Weaving Women of Santo Tomas Jalieza

The Weaving Women of Santo Tomas Jalieza was born from a collective vision. Women in the community wanted to share their beautiful textiles with customers, receive more work and split the income while preserving their Zapotec traditions. They also wanted to be less reliant on their husbands and fathers and to help provide for their families. 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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