Teotitlan del Valle: Self-Guided Map

The Teotitlan del Valle Map of my favorite spots is for sale at $10 USD for one copy for your personal use only, last updated May 2012.

How to order? Click on the PayPal “Buy Now” link in the right-hand column of the blog. When you order, please tell me it is for The Map. As soon as the transaction is complete, I send you an email PDF file of the map that you can print out at home or save to your mobile device.  The map is copyrighted and may not be duplicated or reproduced in any way without my permission.  You are entitled to print out one copy for your personal use!  (Honor Code)  Thank you.

Please note:  For sustainability and environmental concerns, I am committed to featuring weavers who work in natural dyes.  To authenticate this, I rely on the expert advice of the education director at the Museo Textil de Oaxaca, Lic. Eric Chavez Santiago.  There are 2,000 looms in Teotitlan del Valle.  It is estimated that perhaps as few as 10 percent use natural dyes, while almost everyone knows how to give a cochineal dye demonstration.

The map highlights 12 favorite stops in the village. Here’s what’s included:

  • The weaving studio of the Chavez Santiago Family — Federico Chavez Santiago and his wife Dolores Santiago Arrellanas.  They only work in natural dyes and 100% wool.
  • Bii Dauu Weaving Cooperative, a great source for naturally dyed wool shawls, scarves and handbags.
  • Arte y Seda, the family that cultivates silk worms, spins the silk, dyes it with natural materials, and makes glorious clothing.
  • The studio of Pantaleon Ruiz Martinez, painter, weaver, and jewelry designer.
  • La Vida Nueva women’s cooperative, a social justice and support organization for single women.
  • Casa Santiago for lovely handmade handbags with leather handles.
  • Restaurante Terra Antigua owned and operated by Carina Santiago  Bautista and her husband Pedro Montaño Lorenzo.
  • Restaurante El Descanso.
  • Las Granadas Bed and Breakfast.
  • Annie Burns, shiatsu massage therapist.
  • The Sacred Bean Coffee House.
  • Hiking trails to the dam.
  • Beeswax candle maker who uses only natural dyes.
  • The church, the market, the archeological ruins, the community museum, and the cemetery.
  • Cooking classes with Reyna Mendoza Ruiz.

You will receive via email a PDF of the Map and a KEY to all the locations.

4 Responses to Teotitlan del Valle: Self-Guided Map

  1. Hello,
    I am coming to Oaxaca for 8 nights in the 30th October. I’m interested in your textile map but it only says it £1 Is it up to date? Are the items fixed prices?
    Regards,
    Vivienne

  2. I am delighted to have found your website through the lovely article in the Times last week. I lived in Teotitlan del Valle with two families in 1997 while I was on a semester program through the School for International Training. My thesis project was on La Vida Nueva Cooperative and I am so utterly pleased to see (at least going by the above list) that it is still around! I went back to visit briefly in 1999 or 2000 (?) and I was happy to run into one of my host mothers. I managed a quick trip to Oaxaca a few years ago, but my husband (who is from Guanajuato) and I didn’t have enough time to get to Teotitlan. Anyway – many beautiful memories. Thank you for your blog and for what you do!

    • Kelly, great to hear from you! And, thanks for taking the time to write about your memories in Teotitlan del Valle. La Vida Nueva cooperative is still very active and does a lot to promote the health and well-being of women here in the village as well as helping those in small villages up in the Sierra Madre del Sur where the mountain pueblos have limited infrastructure. Come back with your husband when you can. Abrazos, Norma

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