As part of my ongoing research into fashion sustainability and ethical capitalism, I visited the village of Santa Ana del Valle in the Tlacolula region of Oaxaca, Mexico. The Santa Ana weavers supply the famous weaving town of Teotitlan del Valle with weavings, as well as clients in the American Southwest, the master weavers also work on custom orders for an international clientele. The weavers I visited were independent contractors who took on large commissioned weaving orders for their client base, and also produced larger editions of woven carpets with traditional Zapotec motifs. The dyestuffs used were a combination of natural and synthetic. Some of the carpets derived their colours entirely from the colour of the wool, others employed exclusively cochineal and indigo in a range of tints, shades and hues.
Master Weaver Sra. Macedonia Martinez Lopez working on an intricately woven cotton rebozo (shawl) in the Santa Ana Del Valle Centro Artesenal.
Studio visit with the Valeriano family of master weavers
Studio visit with master weaver Ernesto Martinez
Studio visit with master weaver Alberto Sanchez