Meet Juana. She is a master maker in the process of dying and weaving wool rugs in Oaxaca. Her husband Antonio does the weaving (traditionally as men have been doing for generations) and she processes the colors and natural dyes to get fibers ready.
We gathered at her home and she generously shared with us the intricate process of wool fiber dying in the small town of Teotitlan Del Valle, Oaxaca - where our rugs are made. She uses the same process and materials as her mother, and her mother before her using natural fibers and plants from the area: Indigo, Pomegranate, Marigold, Moss, and Cochinita (cochineal), my favorite of them all - a small parasite that lives on the cactus plant that makes the reddish tones.
There under the mango tree is where we were introduced to the process.
I'll let the photos do the talking:
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