Here are Manuel and Esmirna, the master weavers of these rugs. They live in the village of Teotitlan in Oaxaca, MX. It is an honor to know and work with them.
Manuel is weaving a Woven Yogi rug. The curved design on this rug is complicated to weave and requires special skill and experience. The designs at the base of the rug are from traditional Zapotec Indian patterns. The steps symbolize the circle of life, and the small vertical stripes across the bottom of the rug represent teeth, symbolizing a smile. The people of Teotitlan have been weaving for thousands of years.
Esmirna is tying on a new warp. This method is an efficient way to get the warp onto the loom.
Manuel is creating the warp for the rug. The warp is the yarn that you put onto the loom. It is made of cotton. You have to be warped to weave :)
As you can see, everything is done by hand. Here are some of Mama Natures' materials used to create the dyes.
Drying indigo dyed yarn.
Preparing pomegranate dye bath.
100% wool, yarn dyed with natural materials: Copal, Cochineal, Walnut/Pecan, Light Pomegranate, Pomegranate, Light Indigo, Indigo, Dark Walnut/Pecan