(Hand-woven indigenous blouse/dress)
To Contact: This artisan’s page is part of the Feria Maestros del Arte website, a non-profit organization providing a yearly venue for Mexican folk artisans to come together to sell their work. If you wish to purchase the artisan's work other than at the Feria, you MUST contact them directly.
The Merino family is well known in their community, San Pedro Amuzgos, Oaxaca as master weavers. The identity and traditions of the amuzgo people is reflected in their textiles, which are also woven by the children in the community, who are taught by their elders in order to preserve and express their culture and identity.
Laura and Odilón work with different types of cotton, green and coyuche, and use natural dyes obtained from the purpura snail, the bark of some trees and different flowers.
They work with natural dyes only, in particular a rare purple dye that comes from a sea snail (caracol) from which a dye called purpura is obtained from the rocky coast of the Pacific Ocean. The weavers take their threads to the ocean where they gently "milk" the sea snail without harming it or their ecosystem. The result is used to obtain beautiful shades of purple.