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Address: Calle Hidalgo 30 | Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico

Visitors to Vasquez's studio, located in a city where weaving is a popular...

Visitors to Vasquez's studio, located in a city where weaving is a popular occupation, can view the weaving process from start to finish.

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Even though I had experience weaving and after some days in Oaxaca had learned about the fascinating cochinilla (how red dyes are made), I learned so much from Wilmer's... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Even though I had experience weaving and after some days in Oaxaca had learned about the fascinating cochinilla (how red dyes are made), I learned so much from Wilmer's demonstration. His English is excellent - he is the grandson of the famous and award winning master weaver Isaac Vasquez - and he is a weaver himself. Then it was like... More 

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San Rafael, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

We've been buying rugs from the Vasquez family for years. Better known as "Bug in the Rug", they are one or the top families in Teotitlan. Over the years, we've probably bought 7 or 8 rugs and they are all top quality. They will explain the whole process and I"m pretty sure most of their dyes are natural. Not the... More 

Thank Craig T
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016

The demonstration of how indigenous people used various natural substances to make different colors was very interesting. One color is made from introducing small bugs to nopal cactus leaves. The blue dyes from plants which can be modified by adding limetone or other substances are incredible. I did not purchase any rugs and there was no pressure to do so.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016

Our guide, Luiz Ramirez, took us to this incredible family of artisans. They thoroughly explained the local dyes used to produce the vivid colors for dyeing the wool. We were privileged to try our hand at carding wool and spinning it.The grandson showed us how cochineal, bug changed into a vivid red dye. (Read The Perfect Red, a book about... More 

Thank claraIllinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2015

This rug making operation is in the outskirts of Oaxaca not very close to the city center. It would be best to get a guide to take you around. We loved our guide and driver, Gregorio Escamilla (pepecuaches@gmail.com), who drove us all around the area to see the best sites in the surrounding area. He felt like a new friend... More 

Thank Amy B
Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2015

I am in the midst of challenging the purchase price of two rugs purchased in Oct. After agreeing to a price around $350 for two pcs., and leaving credit card info for shipment to the US, I was welcomed with a charge of nearly $1,500.00 US on my statement. So far, all efforts to contact them have come up empty.... More 

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Cedar Ridge, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2015

I first learned about Teotilan del Valle and its exquisite weavers when I was a teen studying Mexico and Spanish. It was considered the capital of weavers. On my first trip to the City of Oaxaca, I bought a sarape but did not visit Teotilan. Lo these many years I still have the sarape. This past July I was able... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2015

Overwhelmed by the number of rug workshops in the small town of Teotitlan, we pulled off the main road to park on a side street and walk around. 'The brightly painted 'Bug in the Rug' studio was directly across the road from us. From the moment we entered the hacienda style studio we were captivated. Everything is on display around... More 

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Todos Santos, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014

We went on a tour which included visiting Casa Vasquez. My husband and I were pleasantly surprised at how much we learned on our visit here. They really explain how the whole weaving process was done originally and is still done by this family today. Once you have seen the rugs in the markets in Oaxaca, which are beautiful as... More 

Thank srherda
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2014 via mobile

The most charming & personal experience of rug weaving... Truly a family business that exudes pride, personality, & professionalism. A multi-generational family of artists, still working hard to maintain high standards of tradition while being open to new design & interpretation. The demonstration of spinning & weaving, along with utilization of native color sources (e.g.,cochinilla, anil, etc), were incredibly informative... More 

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