We are a traditional Benizaa (Zapotec) family of weavers. Benizaa means "people from the clouds" in or native language which is known to us as Dixzaa meaning "words from the clouds". Our culture is most commonly known as Zapotec by the western world because it was the name given to us by the Mexica people that founded Tenochtitlan and later became known as the Aztec empire.
We live in the indigenous village of Xiguie'a (Teotitlán del Valle), located in the Central Valley of Oaxaca, this region is one of the cradles of civilization. Learn more..
The products you see for sale are hand died and woven from 'criollo' native wool, carrying out the traditions of our ancestors. Learn more...
We also host guests in our airbnb and welcome you to join us to get to know our culture and learn more through a number of workshops, activities and tours on offer.
When you buy one of our rugs, you are not just buying an object; you are bringing a piece of Zapotec woven tradition to your home. We share with you 10,000 years of know how, ancient stories and teachings that our ancestors have passed down from generation to generation in our oral tradition and weaving heritage. We believe that this ancient knowledge has many answers that are appropriate to the current challenges that the world faces today: from environmental sustainability, social justice, land management, food production and the search for fulfillment and meaning in life.
We invite you to learn more about the way we live in community and how we make these rugs on our story page.
We also encourage you to sign up for the newsletter and follow Dixza's blog posts to read in-depth posts about Zapotec culture and modern day topics. These blog posts will be turning into Dr Samuel Bautista Lazo's upcoming book.