In 2014, I spent eight months living in Oaxaca, Mexico, exploring its textile traditions through the support of a Fulbright-Garcia Robles research grant. During that time, I began studying the Zapotec language dialect, dixza, that is specific to Teotitlán del Valle (Xigie), a village known for its production of tapetes (laadih-gich), woolen flatweave tapestries. My interest in the language and culture of Teotitlán del Valle led me to weavers Licha Gonzalez Ruíz and Agustin Contreras López.
Since our initial xchang, we have created a series of colorful, one-of-a-kind woven artworks, to be used on the floor or wall.
We hope to continue this artist-artisan exchange through the sale of tapetes.
For more information, please visit xchangtextiles.com