Zapotec Wool Rugs
Weaving wool rugs is a well known art of the Zapotecs of San Bartolo de Chichicapa Mixteca region. It is a rudimentary process that has been passed on from generation to generation, and it is these ancient techniques that make these rugs unique.
The main characteristic of this particular process is how tightly wound the wool is and their unique colorations obtained from completely natural dyes such as seeds, insects, flowers and plants. Every yarn spool is dyed for a precise time to achieve desired saturation.
Artisans then proceed to manually spool the thread and weave on the hand loom to achieve their particular designs know to Zapotec regions. It takes approximately one week to weave a 2×3′ rug, and it is this patience and meticulous care that makes each rug unique to its kind. Meet Zacarias and Francisco, our main weavers for our wool rug designs. Both come from Zapotec ancestry and are from San Bartolo region where they have been weaving since they were kids. It is part of the tradition that by the age of 12 every boy must weave their first rug in the “Rain and Wind” design to offer to the Gods for a prosperous and healthy adulthood.
All of our items are fair trade products, we pride ourselves in knowing that all of our partner artisans are being payed what they truly should be and hence we are helping each and every artisan family to provide for their children.
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The movement seeks to promote greater equity in international trading partnerships through dialogue, transparency and respect. It promotes sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers in developing countries.
Here are our current designs in stock for rugs on NomadsVenture SHOP.