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Mictlan 01 Cotton Throw

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MoMA Exclusive: This graphic Mictlan 01 Cotton Throw is handmade on a pedal loom by Zapotec weavers working in their community of San Pablo Villa de Mitla in Oaxaca, Mexico. The throw is designed by mixing different weaving techniques and takes up to a week to be completed. The name of the throw, Mictlan, is derived from the original, Aztec-given name of the town where it was made. The name of the town was changed to San Pablo Villa de Mitla by the Spanish conquerors when they arrived in the 16th century. Mictlan was one of the most important sites of Zapotec culture, which flourished from 700 B.C until 1521 A.D. 


The Mictlan Throw was conceived by Dominican designer Javier Reyes, whose rrres Studio is based in Oaxaca. “This project is the result of a collective work between people, places, cultures and heritage,” states Reyes. “Everything is proudly made in Latin America.” The throw measures 65l x 95”w.
  • Designer
    Javier Reyes
  • Size
    65l x 95"w
  • Materials
    100% Cotton
  • Year of Design
    2020
  • Origin
    Mexico
Dry clean only.
  • This item is final sale and non-returnable.
Mictlan 01 Cotton Throw
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    Handmade on pedal looms by Zapotec weavers in Oaxaca, Mexico, these throws and rugs were conceived by Dominican designer Javier Reyes, whose studio is based in Oaxaca. “This project is the result of a collective work between people, places, cultures and heritage,” states Reyes. “Everything is proudly made in Latin America.”

  • A Zapotec Tradition
    A Zapotec Tradition

    “Textile making is one of the most developed practices in Oaxaca and the craft has played a central role in all of the region’s indigenous cultures. The Zapotec people have mastered the art of rug making. I began working with them after I met a couple from the community, Manuel and Lucrecia. I lived with them off and on for a year.”

  • Oaxacan Weaving Techniques
    Oaxacan Weaving Techniques

    For the Mictlan Throw, Reyes wanted strong colors that stood out from the background and did not blend. So the weavers altered the pedal-loom technique with ideas from the back-strap loom method. This increased the number of strands which created a high-relief texture and color contrast.

  • A Hands-On Process
    A Hands-On Process

    “Most artisans are used to repeating a certain pattern in the way they work, so new ideas are often misinterpreted. I moved to Oaxaca to work closely with the weavers, and to create a system that speaks to them in their own artisan code. It is essential to my process that there’s trust between us. The relationship is everything.”


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