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Backstrap Loom Weaving of Oaxaca

Nicolasa Pascual is a weaver from San Bartolo Yautepec, Oaxaca. Her work is considered to be the best and finest example of Oaxaca weaving. She uses the backstrap loom, with cotton- warp and weft, synthetic dyes, 1 heddle rod, about 35 ends/threads per inch, plain weave + supplementary weft weave technique.

You can see Nicolasa Pascual’s weaving detail.  The needle is used as a shuttle to pass the threads and weave a supplementary weft design at the same time.  The designs are interwoven using the heddle rod — they are not embroidered!

The man featured is Moises Martinez, a weaver who works in silk from San Pedro Cajonos, Oaxaca. He uses the backstrap loom, with silk-warp and weft dyed with Cochineal dye, 1 heddle rod, about 20 ends/threads per inch, plain weave technique.

Photos taken by Eric Chavez Santiago, Director of Education, Museo Textil de Oaxaca, courtesy of the museum.

Editing My Collection: Oaxaca Folk Art & Textiles Sale

From time to time, I edit my collection and offer a small number of rugs, hand woven shawls, blouses, pillow covers and other Oaxaca textiles for sale. These include some beautiful cotton brocade blouses hand woven on a backstrap loom from the Amusgos tribe and embroidered beauties from Tehuantepec.  The tops from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec were purchased at the market in Juichitan.  They are intricate floral designs that are finely worked and lined. 

See my Gallery Shop online:  www.oaxacaculture.com where you can browse and order, or send me an email with any questions you have.

 Animalitos: I have several hand carved and painted copal wood alebrijes — a fantastical lizard, a brightly decorated  armadillo with a very long tail, a howling coyote standing on a “rock” from the villages of Arrazola and San Martin Tilcajete.

Woven Pillow Covers:   The pillow covers are like miniature rugs.  I commissioned several of them from Esther, a woman who lives just outside the village proper, and she is now able to earn a living because she just got a loom through Annie’s Women’s Project.  All are  complete with sturdy cotton backing and zippers.  Some have piped edges, too.

Rugs:  I have many small, medium and large sized handwoven and natural dyed rugs from Teotitlan that are for sale made by the Chavez family, and other weavers working in natural dyes.  They are made in a variety of  patterns and designs.  Most sizes are 2′ x 4′, 3′ x 5′, and 4′ x 6′.    Although, a few are larger, 6′ x 9′ and a 3′ x 9′ runner.