In Teotitlan del Valle, a small village in Oaxaca outside Oaxaca de Juarez, many weavers are reinvigorating the tradition of using plants and insects to dye textiles. It is a tradition that stretches back more than 1,000 years into their Zapotec heritage.
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Not so long ago, craft was something of a dirty word. “It was craft or design, but they never mixed... We are living in a privileged moment. But we have to be conscious of our social, not just aesthetic, responsibility to work with the people who carry these traditions so that they don’t die out when the trend is over.”