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.

Agave design

Agave

Caracol

Cinta de Dientes design

Cinta de Dientes

Diamond design

Zapotec Diamond

Diamond design

Diamond

Stair diamond design

Stair Diamond

Diez design

Diez

Wingspan design

Wingspan

Stars design

Stars

Arrow design

Arrows

Flower design

Flower

Greca design

Greca

Corn design

Corn

Butterfly design

Butterfly

Mitla design

Mitla

Mountains + Rain design

Mountains + Rain

Monte Alban design

Monte Alban

God's Eye design

God's Eye

Feather design

Feather

Lightning design

Lightning

Braid design

Braid

Candles design

Candles

"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

Video: The Process

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