Hand-woven Tapetes (Rugs ) Made with Natural Dyes
Jacobo Mendoza Ruíz was born in Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca. When he was seven years old he was very interested in his fathers’ weaving work, Emiliano Mendoza, who made great pieces for painters such as Rufino Tamayo and Francisco Toledo. He started weaving simple designs and with time, perfected his work. At the age of 25 he started to weave complex pieces, using other fibers such as cashmere, alpaca and silk. All of them naturally dyed with dyes such as indigo, cochinilla and others in a wide array of colors, prepared in the family workshop.
He has won several prizes such as the third prize in the Second National Textile Prize 2014 of San Cristóbal de las Casas, in the Category of Wool and Silk Textiles, the first prize in the Third National Textile Prize 2015 of Jalapa, Veracruz, with the piece entitled “Game of Stars”, in the category Wool Textiles, as well as the first prize in the Fourth National Textile Prize of Morelia, Michoacán, with the piece “Butterfly amongst Diamonds”, in the category Wool Textiles. He has also won the third prize in the Great Masters National Folk Art Award 2015.
Jacobo has had exhibits in several museums such as the Textile Museum of San José, California, the Museum of the University of Guadalajara at Puerto Vallarta, The Textile Museum of Oaxaca, The National Museum of Folk Art in Mexico City and the Folk Tree Gallery.