Dyeing and Weaving in the Zapotec Tradition with Jacobo & Maria
- Breakfast, Lunch
- One Guest
- USD $1855
- Additional guest(s) (max 2)
- USD $600
Meet the Artist
Using fine threads made of local creole sheep wool, merino wool, alpaca wool, and even silk, gold, and sliver threads, Jacobo creates elaborate, complex designs with a very peculiar and unique texture. What really sets him apart is his tapestry technique. While other craftsmen use 5 threads per inch in the warp of their pieces, Jacobo uses 20, 30 or even 45 threads per inch. Essential to his work is the dyeing of different wools, where he uses everything from flowers to insects to obtain a wide range of colors that gives life to his work. To know Jacobo is to know and appreciate the work of an artist who has worked all his life to generate ecological sustainability and to appreciate his expertise in the many fine pieces he produces.
Jacobo's works have been exhibited in Santa Fe, New Mexico and he often participated with other teachers around the world. His travels inspire extraordinary new works that reflect his culture and his dreams. Although he loves to travel, Jacobo’s knowledge of Teotitlán del Valle, home of his ancestors, and the surrounding areas is unparalleled. Ask him where to get the best mole and he might just point you to one of his sisters!
- Harvesting fruits and vegetables like black sapote, marigold flower, mango, lemon, and pericón to make dyes.
- Learning how to prepare local creole sheep wool, merino wool, and alpaca wool fibers for weaving by carding the wool and spinning it with a wooden spinning wheel.
- Dyeing fibers with local dye plants like marigold flower, pericón, black sapote and walnut as well as the extract powder of indigo, fustic wood, and insect cochineal. Adjusting proportions to achieve different gradations of color.
- Washing fibers with the amole plant, a pre hispanic soap.
- Weaving techniques of familiar Zapotec motifs, understanding thread count per inch.
- Creating your own small textile piece under the guidance of a master weaver.
- All tools and materials.
- Daily homemade breakfast and a traditional lunch with Jacobo's family.
Explore Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca
Guests must be 18 years or older and have some experience in the textile arts. Familiarity with Spanish is helpful. Jacobo speaks Zapotec, the native language of his region as well as Spanish, the native language of his country. He also knows some American English, which he likes to practice with guests.
This VAWAA is available for a longer duration. Please ask when you send your booking request.
Juliet H., United States
I am honored that Jacobo and Mari Luisa Mendoza welcomed me into their studio/home. Jacobo and Maria Luisa are masters in the crafts of dyeing and weaving. They are kind hearted people with a conviction to keep local traditions alive.
Jacobo went above and beyond by meeting me at the airport in Oaxaca. He also supported me in figuring out other activities to do nearby.
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Usha D., United States
I stayed in Teotitlan for a week to learn dyeing and weaving. Jacobo is highly skilled, informative, and knowledgeable weaver. He has won many awards for his work. He uses natural dyes like Maroosh, cochineal, pomegranate, sapote, indigo, cempasuchil and so on. Jacobo weaves wonderful tapestries, huge bed sheets, rugs and pillow cases both traditional and modern. His wife and son are experts in Read more