José Buenaventura González Gutierréz is a Zapotec Master Weaver from Teotitlan del Valle, in the state of Oaxaca, México. He learned to weave from his father when he was ten years old. Weaving has been a family tradition for at least seven generations, and probably many more. The Zapotec people have used two pedal looms to weave for over 500 years, since the looms were introduced by the Spaniards, but they have been weaving and dyeing for far longer using the “back strap” method still seen in his village and other parts of Mexico, as well as in Guatemala.
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