In a world where centuries-old traditional crafts are slowly disappearing, the history and culture of the Zapotec weavers of the Oaxaca Valley is alive and thriving. Escalante Imports is your source for fine hand crafted rugs of the Zapotec Indians of the Oaxaca Valley in Mexico.
By the time Christopher Columbus reached the New World in 1492, the Zapotec Indians of Teotitlan del Valle, a small village nestled among the foothills of the Sierra Madres in the Oaxaca Valley of Southern Mexico, had a centuries-old tradition of weaving textiles from cotton and other fibers. In the mid-seventeenth century, Dominican Friars introduced the European upright loom and sheep to the New World, and for the next three hundred years the weavers of Teotitlan wove the finest wool serapes in the “Americas”.
In spite of more recent cultural changes among many of Mexico’s native Indian groups, the high level of craftsmanship of the Colonial period serapes is still evident in the distinctive use of color and hand spun yarns in the contemporary rugs and tapestries woven by the Zapotec Indians of Oaxaca Valley.
Zapotec textiles can be woven of 100% wool or in Escalante’s exclusive 50% mohair and 50% wool blend. Mohair, being the second strongest natural fiber behind mane hair of a horse, makes a long lasting, durable , heir loom quality rug that can be passed down for generations. Please check out our downloadable catalog for more info on our Mohair Collection.