Tejido Mixteca

About …

The Mixteca Region covers the northeastern part of the state of Oaxaca and some area of Guerrero a Puebla states. This is a pre Hispanic culture and one of the oldest and largest of Mesoamerica. Due to its traditions and life styles, women were in charge of housekeeping and men worked on the countryside. Women learned how to use the materials of the region and now the artisanal pieces are called domestic handcrafts, because women used to do the work on their homes. One of the most traditional techniques its the palm knitting. The Mixtecan knitting has a very particular pattern makes its pieces different from the palm knitting in Michoacan. The way they cut the palm so perfectly makes them a unique piece of art. Ms. Reina and her family to create bags, bread holdings and tablecloth have used this technique. Because of the markets demand artisans started to knit what we know today as “Rafia” and create colorful baskets and have more selling opportunity. This has made that each time less artisans work with natural palm.