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A Morning with the Women´s Weaving Collective
Experience Teotitlán with one of its Weaving Pioneers
Join us for a morning with the women´s weaving collective in Teotitlán del Valle, the village known for it´s use of natural dyes in the weaving of gorgeous “tapetes” (rugs) and other linens. Las Mujeres que Tejen were the first group of women to organize in Teotitlán, so that their work could be collectivized and they´d have the opportunity to sell in a traditionally male-dominated marketplace. This enabled them to organize other tasks like childcare and cooking so that they could weave and also sell their own work. Many years later, their project is still in motion, although you can bear witness to a lot of changes in the village surrounding them.
What to Expect
During this introductory experience, Doña Josefina is inviting us to her collective´s space for a talk about women´s experience in weaving, organizing, and breaking boundaries in a village known for its strict adherence to traditions.
She will show us a bit about how natural colors are extracted and how their rugs are made. We´ll learn about how cochineal reds, indigo blues, and marigold yellows are created, for example. Each of us can get a chance to get our hands into the mix, grinding ingredients by hand and bearing witness to the sheer strength that this work requires.
Doña Josefina will also fill our bellies with tostadas and aguas de sabor (water flavored with natural fruit), and even a mezcalito if you´re daring.
Transportation leaving from/returning to Tlayudona, 100 Hidalgo, Barrio Jalatlaco
A morning in Teotitlán del Valle with Doña Josefina and the Women who Weave collective
A cultural and practical talk about weaving and women´s experiences in the dyeing/weaving world
Tostadas, agua de sabor, and a complimentary mezcalito
The opportunity to purchase rugs and other linens directly from Doña Josefina and the collective without paying mark-ups from downtown shops
Logistics and Cost
Time Involvement – 4 Hours, Typically 9am – 1pm
Transportation – Transportation is provided from Tlayudona (Jalatclaco) to Teotitlán del Valle.
Costs and Minimums – 950 MXN pp. Children are welcome to attend. Ages 4 and up receive a discounted price of 500 MXN. Children 3 and under are free.
There is a minimum of 3 people for this experience.