Vida Nueva Cooperativa

(Weaving Rugs & Carpets – Creating opportunities for Zapotecan women)
After the Spanish conquest, the ancestors of the women involved in Vida Nueva created designs representing their world — rain, sun, stars, animals and other symbols of their lives. Weavers wove these designs into their woven carpets and rugs. Today, they still use the same symbols and lovingly weave about life and death. The values of the Zapotec culture are told in woven stories on carpets — liberty, protection, strength and power. Each carpet signifies part of the Zapotec history.

Vida Nueva is an all-women cooperative. Using large floor looms, the women deftly weave the 100% wool hand-dyed from natural earth pigment rugs and carpets. Their process begins with purchasing the raw wool from local villages. It is then washed and cleaned in the river allowing the natural color of the wool to finally appear. It is then spun into yarn, dyed and then finally used to weave creations that will last a lifetime.Vida Nueva Cooperativa
(Weaving Rugs & Carpets – Creating opportunities for Zapotecan women)
After the Spanish conquest, the ancestors of the women involved in Vida Nueva created designs representing their world — rain, sun, stars, animals and other symbols of their lives. Weavers wove these designs into their woven carpets and rugs. Today, they still use the same symbols and lovingly weave about life and death. The values of the Zapotec culture are told in woven stories on carpets — liberty, protection, strength and power. Each carpet signifies part of the Zapotec history.

Vida Nueva is an all-women cooperative. Using large floor looms, the women deftly weave the 100% wool hand-dyed from natural earth pigment rugs and carpets. Their process begins with purchasing the raw wool from local villages. It is then washed and cleaned in the river allowing the natural color of the wool to finally appear. It is then spun into yarn, dyed and then finally used to weave creations that will last a lifetime.