Teotitlán del Valle
This famous weaving village is 4km north of Hwy 190, about 25km from Oaxaca (taxis colectivos shuttle between village and highway). Teotitlán weaving was already prized in pre-Hispanic times: the village had to pay tributes of cloth to the Aztecs. Quality today is high, and traditional dyes made from natural sources like indigo, cochineal and moss have been revived (though some weavers still use much cheaper synthetic dyes). The variety of designs is enormous – from Zapotec gods and Mitla-style geometric patterns to imitations of paintings by Rivera and Picasso.