Zapotec rugs are wool-woven in a foot loom in Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca. The town has a pre-Hispanic weaving tradition and is world famous for its fine tapestries and wall hangings decorated with traditional Zapotec and Mixtec fretwork, idols, animals or reproductions.
The fleece is washed on the river; soaked, wiped and squeezed several times. It is next placed on a reed basked and shaken off excess water. Back at the weavers home the wool is laid and left to dry in the sun.
The wool is carded into bats and then spun with the help of a spinning wheel; the weaver holds the bat with one hand and with the other turns the wheel handle.
Teotitlan del Valle weavers use the traditional dyes as a way to distinguish themselves from the competition. Oaxaca's Central Valley has been a place rich in vegetable and animal dyes since pre-Colombian times. This is a gorgeous example. This is a runner done in shades of gold, white, teal, brown and rust. It has fringe on both ends. Care Instructions: Dry Clean Only. It measures:
84" L x 16.5" W