Lakeside Guide to Lake Chapala, Ajijic, Mexico

Carpets from Oaxaca

At a Glance

Casa Golan Ruíz from Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, uses 100% wool & natural plant dyes to carry on a tradition which stretches back to the early days of the Spanish colonization of Mexico.

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Photos of Carpets from Oaxaca

Antonieta Ruíz finishes the ends of a small carpet while selling her family's wool textiles on the plaza in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.

Antonieta Ruíz finishes the ends of a small carpet while selling her family's wool textiles on the plaza in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.

Antonieta and her family are from Teotitlán del Valle in Oaxaca where these world-famous carpets are made.

Antonieta and her family are from Teotitlán del Valle in Oaxaca where these world-famous carpets are made.

This small town in central Oaxaca dedicates itself to the production of beautiful rugs which are bought up by eager resellers in other countries. Teotitlán's most important festival is the annual Fiesta de la Preciosa Sangre de Cristo, when hundreds of women dress in the same colors while balancing baskets on their heads during several processions.

This small town in central Oaxaca dedicates itself to the production of beautiful rugs which are bought up by eager resellers in other countries. Teotitlán's most important festival is the annual Fiesta de la Preciosa Sangre de Cristo, when hundreds of women dress in the same colors while balancing baskets on their heads during several processions.

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The carpets are made with foot-operated wooden treadle looms. The treadle loom was first introduced to Teotitlán del Valle in 1535 by Dominican bishop Juan López Dezárate.

The carpets are made with foot-operated wooden treadle looms. The treadle loom was first introduced to Teotitlán del Valle in 1535 by Dominican bishop Juan López Dezárate.

The carpets use dyes made from natural materials including plants and insects.

The carpets use dyes made from natural materials including plants and insects.

The cochineal bug, when properly extracted and prepared, produces a red dye (called carmine) that's used in some of the Teotitlán carpets. The insect is a parasite that infests prickly pears.

The cochineal bug, when properly extracted and prepared, produces a red dye (called carmine) that's used in some of the Teotitlán carpets. The insect is a parasite that infests prickly pears.

The carpets are made from large to small.

The carpets are made from large to small.

Antonieta Ruíz shows a 1994 book about her family by photographer Bernard Wolf.

Antonieta Ruíz shows a 1994 book about her family by photographer Bernard Wolf.

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Antonieta and her son, Leodegario, from Wolf's book, with Antonieta in the background.

Antonieta and her son, Leodegario, from Wolf's book, with Antonieta in the background.

Antonieta finishes the ends of a carpet.

Antonieta finishes the ends of a carpet.

Antonieta's hands.

Antonieta's hands.

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Small decorations, serviceable as coasters.

Small decorations, serviceable as coasters.

Hanging animals, quite serviceable as cute Christmas ornaments.

Hanging animals, quite serviceable as cute Christmas ornaments.

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