Zapotec Designs

Zapotec Diamond

Zapotec diamond design

The four points of the diamond represent the four elements of earth, air, water and fire. The symmetry of the diamond also represents a pyramid mirrored horizontally; signifying that that reality we see is a mirror, which reflects what lies within us. Shop all products featuring Zapotec diamonds

 

 

 

Lightning

Zapotec lightning design

The zigzag pattern represents lighting, which is connected to the ancient Zapotec god of lightning and rain, Cocijo. Shop all products featuring the lightning

 

 

 

Agave

Zapotec agave design

The agave plant, or maguey as it is locally known, is integral to the central valleys of Oaxaca. Both wild and cultivated, this plant offers sweet nectar that can be enjoyed as-is or fermented into the local alcohol of choice, mezcal. The leaves and flowers are eaten, the fibers used as thread and the plant even has medicinal uses. The shape of the large spiky plant is stylized in its woven form, with a central point representing the agave flower. Shop all products featuring agave

 

 

 

 

Mitla

Zapotec Mitla design

This pattern mimics the mosaic fretwork is found spectacularly preserved at the ancient Zapotec religious center of Mitla. This geometric spiral represents the life cycle, according to the Zapotec worldview. Each step represents a stage of life, beginning at birth, moving on through youth, maturity and then decay; follow by the other world. Shop all products featuring Mitla

 

 

 

 Arrow

Zapotec arrow design

Arrows were important to the Zapotec people, as in many cultures, due their importance both for hunting and warfare. Shop all products

 

 

 

 

God's eye

Zapotec God's eye design

The Ojo de Dios is symbolic of the power of seeing and understanding the unseen. Most weavers will offer an in-depth and personal definition of the God’s eye, and it is very prevalent in their work, although the form varies. Shop all products

 

 

 

 

Butterfly

Zapotec butterfly design

This design represents the wings, body, and antennae of a butterfly. There is some evidence to show that the ancient Zapotecs worshipped a butterfly god, that is more commonly found at the Teotihuacán ruins in central Mexico. Shop all products featuring butterfly

 

 

 

 

Monte Alban

Zapotec Monte Alban design

These geometric pyramids represent those at the ancient Zapotec political and economic center, Monte Alban. Shop all products featuring Monte Alban