Zapotec Weavers of Teotitlán

Andra Fischgrund Stanton
Photographs by Jaye R. Phillips

The Spanish introduced wool yarns and the fixed-frame pedal loom of a type still in use today. The Mexican Revolution saw a celebration of indigenous crafts, and the opening of the Pan-American Highway in 1948 brought Teotitlán's weavers to the craft markets of Oaxaca. American importers in the 1970s infused textile production with new energy, resulting in today's dizzying variety of works that range from modernist motifs to Navajo geometrics to ancient and historical patterns reprised in vivid and colorful contemporary designs. Zapotec weavers express their sense of well-being and belonging in what they weave, and the tapestries and rugs that are currently produced reconcile ancient history with the ways of the twenty-first-century marketplace.


Andra Fischgrund Stanton is a psychiatric social worker with a passion for ethnic art and handicrafts. Her enthusiasm for Teotiteco artistry and culture has provided the impetus for speaking engagements in schools, museums, and cultural centers throughout New England.

The work of photographer Jaye R. Phillips has been widely exhibited in the United States, including shows at the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Massachusetts, and the California Museum of Art in Santa Rosa. Her work is in the permanent collections of Harvard University's Theater Arts Collection and the Polaroid Collection.

Published By Museum of New Mexico Press

8.5 x 10.5 in. 128 pages 85 color photographs, 1 map