Hand spinning, hand weaving

This region in the Sierra Sur of Oaxaca has a long tradition of sheep's wool crafts, so it was easy for artisans here to work with cotton.

local carpenter

local carpenter

hand spinning at home

hand spinning at home

Hand spinning

Currently 300 women from villages and ranches deseed the cotton brought from the coast, card it and spin it all by hand in their homes.  

Local carpenters replicate the spinning wheel designed by Gandhi for every artisan to have her own.

 
The art that is in the machine made article, appeals only to the eye; the art in khadi appeals first to the heart and then to the eye.
— M. Gandhi
 
 
backstrap loom

backstrap loom

pedal loom

pedal loom

hand weaving

There are two types of hand weaving used in the village, pedal and backstrap loom.

Both of them yield wonderful textiles.

Once the fabric is ready, Kalindi designs the different clothes and embroideries.

fabric variety

fabric variety