The Artist

The Art of Zapotec Weaving

The Artist




Cochineal bug (red spectrum), indigo plant (blue spectrum) wild marigold flower (yellow) among other pigments used by Alejandro to create his hand loomed pieces. Alejandro Mendoza was born in the ancient Zapotec weaving village of Teotitlan del Valle which is located in the state of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. He learned the art of weaving at the age of ten through his father Taurino Mendoza's loom. However, as a teenager his family including him moved to Orange, County, CA. Nevertheless, his father would send him back to Mexico on every summer vacation. As a result of this events Alejandro had a wider perspective toward his culture, particularly the weaving side. Consequently, he started to thrive the excellence of the art of weaving and hand-dying with vegetable dyes. During his first years of collage he also worked and learned along side his uncle Antonio Mendoza who is a master-weaver. Now he exhibits at juried art shows, in Southern California, Colorado, Texas, Utah and among other states. Alejandro works in his home studio in Orange County, CA, and travels to his home in Oaxaca about three or four times a year to dye his yarn.