When traveling in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, I got to travel to Teotitlán, a small town specializing in wool and weaving.
One of the few places open on the afternoon when we arrived was a small cafe run by Teresa Lopez. It was attached to her weaving store which fronted from her family home and factory.
She showed us how she, and her family, carded the wool; cleaning and separating the fibers.
The simple additives of acid and alkali change the dyes through a limited spectrum.
I asked Teresa if there were specific things that her family of weavers was known for, and she showed me the above color group.
Later that day, we were out to see the festival that we actually came to Teotitlán to see, when I saw Teresa and here family viewing from a side street. It took a bit of cajoling to get them all into the picture, but I think it was worth it for the impromptu family portrait.
Manuel Bazán & Teresa Lopez
Av. Hildago No. 26
Teotitlán del Valle,