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Teotitlán del Valle

Teotitlán is a traditional Zapotec village, which is famous for the intricate woven rugs produced here. The rugs, and other items are all hand-loomed out of wool. Designs vary from traditional to contemporary.

Natural dyes made from indigo, insects, different types of mosses, sea snails, and other earthly sources are still commonly used.

There are shops on the small main street devoted to selling the local products. If you really like these rugs (you will), do a little searching and find the homes of the weavers where you can privately browse through the inventory. If you get on friendly terms with the weaver you will probably be able to strike a better deal than in the local stores.

Location: 17 miles east of Oaxaca on highway 190 (to Tehuantepec).