At the corner of Alvaro Obregon and Abel Salgado, San Patricio-Melaque, Jalisco, Mexico you will find one of the most interesting shops in the area. The shop is just in front of Saint Parick's church. Reynaldo Vazquez and his wife Teresa Gutierrez along with two of their three children Jessica and Reynaldo, Jr. run this wonderful shop.
The rugs that you find in the shop are made in Oaxaca by the family and brought to be sold here in the Melaque area in December. The family normally returns home in March.
The "tapetes" are made of 100% lambs wool that the family cuts, combs, spins, dyes and then weaves. The dyes are natural dyes that the family prepares from local insects, plants and flowers. These tapetes are not factory made. Although some may be similar, no two are identical since they are each individually designed and made. The designs and processes have been passed from generation to generation.
Reynaldo is the producer of the traditional Zapotec designs while Teresa is the main weaver of the products. You will see that no one is exclusive to any one part of the process
Each of the medium sized rugs takes approximately two weeks of work to produce. These are hand made, hand produced works of art that would be appropriate in any home. Buy one, take it home and love it.