INSPIRATION AND DESIGN
SEE A VIDEO ON ZAPOTEC SYMBOLS AND THEIR MEANINGS
SEE A VIDEO ON THE RUINS AT MITLA
As part of a Zapotec family, we have always been encouraged to be creative and appreciate natural beauty. Inspiration can be found everywhere in our Zapotec environment. The rich iconography of our ancestors' ancient symbols have been in our weavings for over 2000 years. The dramatic natural beauty of Oaxaca is also a source of inspiration for both traditional and contemporary designs. Our materials can stir our imagination and suggest new artistry.
Whatever the source of creative stimulus, inspiration is the first step towards creating a new weaving. Usually an idea is sketched out to give a general map on how to proceed. The cartoon, as it is called, can help determine colors and amount of yarn, the size of the weaving and other practical matters.
A strong requisite in our designs and art is that it must be original, authentic, sustainable, and use traditional natural materials.
When we have an idea for a design, we usually draw it on paper first. This makes it easy to plan for the yarns, how it will lay on the loom, and to clarify details and discuss potential problems.
The sketch might be placed on or near the loom for reference when weaving.
The design on paper can serve as a guide for everything from winding bobbins to colors of yarn needed for the project.
PLEASE VIEW OUR VIDEO ON:
- The Ruins at Mitla (showing the same symbols in Zapotec architecture over 1000 years old)
The symbols we use are inspired by Zapotec motifs seen on ruins dating back over 2000 years. We also draw inspiration from nature, spiritualism and the influence of early Spanish design.
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