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Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Bracelet
Handmade by G.L. MillerSleeping Beauty Turquoise Bracelet Handmade by G.L. Miller



Natural Dye Handmade Zapotec Rugs done by master weaver Felipe Hernandez. Felipe was born in the little village of Teotitlan del Valle in 1962, and starting weaving at the age of 13. In his family the skills of carding, spinning, dyeing and weaving wool have been passed down from generation to generation. The HF letters on Felipe's rugs stand for Hernandez Family. Felipe uses natural dyes for his rugs. The most popular of these dyes are indigo (blue) and cochineal (red). The cochineal comes from the larvae of a bug that looks simular to a fly. It takes three months for the process. Also, a plant called Zacatinta can be used to make a softer red. The indigo plant has seeds and leaves which are used to make the deep rich blue. A mineral called alumbre is added to make the color color-fast. Lemon juice, vinegar, avocado skins can also be used to make the color color-fast. All the plants or larvae used must first be dried then pulverized using a grinding stone or metate. The metate is carefully washed to collect the valuable color. Other natural dyes come from walnut shells, pomegranate skin, tree bark, marigold flowers, and alfalfa leaves. Many weavers claim they use natural dyes but few actually do. It doesnt take long to recognize the natural dye from the synthetic dye. Even though the process is much more time consuming than using synthetic dyes, Felipe takes great pride in making his weavings the traditional way.                        


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Natural Dye Zapotec Rugs