Mitla is the most important archeological site of the Zapotec culture found in the Valley of Tlacolula, in the state of Oaxaca. It was built as “the place of rest”, a gateway between the living and the after life.
In the small town of Mitla, an artisan family takes great pride in preserving an elaborate process of dyeing local cotton yarns using the ancient ikat technique. Once the yarns are dried in the sun, they are prepared to be woven on old wooden pedal looms. The ikat yarns create a horizontal pattern across the fabric, allowing a soft flow of unique uneven colour.