Very first design, with selected yarns.
Selecting colors for Licha.
Licha studying the design for the next tapete.
Licha and Agustin preparing the loom.
Every warp thread must pass through these loops. The process of preparing the loom requires immense amounts of patience!
Licha and I created a "Martha palette" in order to communicate color when I am not in Oaxaca.
Agustin adds wood to the fire so that the water will boil for the dyeing process.
Agitating the dye bath.
Working in a sliver of shade.
Untangling the wet, dyed yarn.
Freshly dyed yarn, drying in the sun.
Winding up a spool.
Yarn is wound around small spools that fit into the shuttle.
Shoe polish and spools.
"Chonn" in process.
"Tzip-tiop" in process.
Licha winding the long rug.
Agustin and Martha weaving.
"Chonn" is completed!
Licha cleaning the wool. Picking out burrs and bits of plants takes lots of time, but in the end, the tapete is soft, smooth, and free of foreign materials.
Releasing the completed tapete from the loom!
"Xnissgit" approaching completion.
Sewing in the warp threads. Many tapetes' threads are twisted into fringe, but for these works, I prefer a clean, fringe-free edge.
Licha and her daughter, Brenda.
Agustin and Licha with "Chonn" and "Xnissgit".
"Xigie" resting on the workshop floor.
Agustin, Licha, and Martha.
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