A loan of $3,000 helped to purchase raw materials and a new loom for his rugs.

Gregorio's story

Gregorio weaves traditional Zapotec rugs from wool tinted with organic dyes. He would like to invest in raw materials and build another loom. He also plans to use some of the funds to give maintenance to the looms he has, and to invite other weavers in the village to assist him.

Gregorio has been selling through NOVICA since 2004. This is his story:

"My grandmother would take me to buy wool. She'd wash it, card it, spin it and dye the yarn. By the age of 12, I could reach the pedals of the handloom. Ever since, I've woven rugs and now my sons have also learned our craft. My favorite patterns are of mountains and rows of diamonds because they remind me a lot of my father. I feel proud that my sons also weave. We are able to support our families without having to leave home."

"I am grateful for the confidence you have in me, in my work, and in the weavers who collaborate with me. You are helping me to continue doing what I love and making it possible for me to teach this craft to others."

Use the link below to view Gregorio's rugs on the NOVICA site:

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