"To me, Zapotec weaving is a unique art form and my family inspires me to persevere in this field. But starting on my own was indeed a big challenge."
"I was born in Teotitlán del Valle, renowned for the Zapotec rugs, and so like other kids my age, my parents taught how to weave when I was only a little girl. I used to watch them at work, how they prepared the dyes, carded the wool, etc.
"In my family we all feel very proud to be weavers, it is an art form that my parents inherited from their parents, and then they taught us. My brothers work together, you know them in Novica as the Ruiz Bazan Family.
"I began weaving fulltime when I got married, for my husband is also dedicated to arts and crafts. I still recall the first rug I ever wove, it was a sample and I called it 'Oaxaca Flower.' Now I can proudly say I have my own workshop where I work on my own designs and only weave them on a pedal loom.
"To me, Zapotec weaving is a unique art form and my family inspires me to persevere in this field. But starting on my own was indeed a big challenge. It required a considerable investment. Those were difficult times and I wasn't sure I'd be able to pull through, and now I can honestly say it was all worth the effort and hard work.
"I'd like Novica customers to know that my rugs represent a weaving tradition that began many years ago, and that the process remains 100% hand crafted. What you now hold in your hands is a part of my family's legacy."
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