I am the youngest son in a family of weavers from Teotitlan del Valle, and I learned from my parents and brothers how to weave. I would watch them prepare the yarn, how they dyed them with natural colors, and thread them on the loom. I feel very proud to preserve this art, which my parents learned from my grandparents. My father and brothers are Novica featured artists too.
I began weaving my own Zapotec wool rugs when I finished middle school and since then I've been in different exhibitions and art fairs in Oaxaca and throughout the country. The recognition and congratulations I have received from clients and friends has been amazing!
What I enjoy most about weaving is the creative aspect: from designing a rug to weaving it. I wove my first rug when I was 13 years old and I remember my father being so pleased with it that he didn't hesitate taking it with him to sell. In 1966 I started my own workshop and my wool products have traveled beyond Mexico's frontiers. I combine natural elements, like flowers, plants, seeds and tree bark when I prepare the dyes I'll use for a specific design I use lime and salt to fix the colors. I recycle the remaining water so I get different shades of a particular color.
I describe my work as unique and admirable ? I love what I do! The culture and natural environment of Oaxaca inspire me. But it was a great challenge to break away and start on my own, trying to be an independent weaver with my own designs, colors, etc.
I was born to weave, academia was definitely not for me! I remember skipping school with my friends to swim in the dams and pick guavas. Nowadays I love playing with my children and together we are planting trees. If I have the time, I do like to read.
My thanks go to Novica customers for your interest in our hand-woven items. I will never stop creating new designs and color combinations, which I hope you'll like. I am happy to be to count on Novica to exhibit my rugs to the whole world.