Palm Mixteca Weaving

Mixteca Region, Oaxaca

The Mixteca region covers most of the northwest part of Oaxaca state and parts of Guerrero and Puebla states. The mixtec culture is pre-Hispanic and one of the most ancient and long-lived cultures in Mesoamerica. Due to their traditions and lifestyle, the women performed housework and developed abilities to handle the materials from the region. Mixtec weavers have a particular pattern that makes it different from Michoacán basketry patterns. The way they cut the palm so thin and straight to later weave and create thin and delicate patterns, is a real work of art. 

Some of the characteristic pieces of this technique are baskets, placemats, tortilla baskets, coasters, hats and mats among other things.

Things to consider

  • The traditional beginning can only be square or circular, the rest is experimental.
  • The palm has natural colors between greenish and yellow.
  • Cannot get wet.
  • Does not have a metal structure, so it isn’t rigid. It is a flexible material.
  • Can be dyed in different colors, but there could be variations in the tones for each lot. Depending on how the leaves absorb the color.

Special cares

  • Do not leave outdoors. The palm leaves can take on humidity if they get wet.
  • Clean with a damp or dry cloth to remove dirt or dust and let dry.
  • Dry palm is flammable. Do not put near fire or flames.