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Zapotec Designs

For us at MZ, we recognize the significant role that weaving plays in maintaining and celebrating the incredible Zapotec artisanal lineage. We believe it is essential that Zapotec communities are able to pass down the meaning behind the traditional Zapotec symbols and with it, their connections to their ancestors and the natural world.

Many of the traditional designs found on MZ bags are taken from pre-Hispanic Zapotec ruins such as Mitla and Monte Alban. Each of these symbols has a deep cultural meaning to the people who weave them. We are honored to share these beautiful designs with the world.

Traditional Zapotec Designs


Carocol (Snail)

Linea de dientes (Line of teeth)

Diamantes (Diamonds)

Diez (Ten)

Envergadura (Wingspan)

Estreallas (Stars)

Flecha (Arrow)

Flor (Flower)


Maiz (Corn)

Mariposa (Butterfly)


Montañas y Lluvia (Moutains + Rain)

Monte Alban

Ojo de Dios (God's Eye)

Pluma (Feather)

Relámpago (Lightning)

Vela (Candle)

The importance of Zapotec designs

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"Sharing our Zapotec culture is really important and beautiful. Before, people didn’t value it as much. Now, people know that every piece of weaving holds the history of the village, the story of a family and their customs."

-Maria Luisa