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Oaxaca Weaving Villages

Teotitlán del Valle is a highly specialized weaving town in which most families earn most or all of their income from weaving rugs. The Zapotec tapete (rug) designs have been changed and augmented over time, but the traditional "diamond" and "mitla" patterns are of Indian origins. Many weavers use only natural dies made from seeds, beetles, and plants, while others use manufactured chemicals.
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In less specialized weaving villages, Indians use only back-straps to weave their clothing, as is still common in Guatemala, Peru (photo), and in other "traditional" areas of the world, e.g., in northern Thailand.
Other topics to view: 
Colonial Streets;
Permanent and Periodic Markets;
Folk Dancing; Easter Procession; Mescal

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