A Oaxacan Weaving Family, "Don Chepe" Leyva Garcia:
From their Shop in the Artisan Barrio or Xochimilco, Oaxaca The Leyva Garcia Family welcomes tourists to their shop, Arte Textil, "Don Chepe" where The fourth generation of weavers creates Colchas, Manteles, Cortinas, and Tela para Tapiceria
Visit their shop and order a tablecloth or bead spread made to your order.
They are at number 206 Dr Gilberto Bolanos Cacho in Oaxaca City's Neighborhood of Xochimilco , just 14 blocks north of the Zocalo.
The Leyva Garcia family members continue a weaving tradition that has been going on for 150 years. The Great, Great Grandfather of the current patriarch "Don Chepe" started with the weaving of cotton scarfs.
The family has adapted their loom size to fill the needs for larger table cloths and bead spreads.
. The current generation of weavers in the Leyva family will make the largest of bedspreads to order. The client can choose color and design
Arte Textil "Don Chepe" makes (Colchas), Bedspreads, (Manteles), Tablecloths, (Cortinas), Curtains, and (Tela para tapiceria), upholstery fabric. They also make place mats hand towels and a host of customer- designed products made to order.
Other specialty items that are in their inventory or can be made to order are curtains, (cortinas) and cloth for upholstery use (tela para tapiceria).
Four sons currently work with Jose Leyva, or "Don Chepe". they are Mario, Francisco (Pancho), Javier, and Gustavo.
Call or visit Gustavo who handles the retail side of the business If you would like an item made to your order,.
Place your order at the start of your vacation and it will be ready within a week for you to pick up.
When you visit you can watch the weaving process and get some hands on weaving experience at one of the six large looms where the family works.
Gustavo will demonstrate and then let you operate the loom. This can be quite a memorable experience when they are making a piece for you and you actually take part in the process.
The family sells their woven products from a retail space at the back of the shop. They depend on word of mouth to bring them customers and offer a friendly greeting and relaxed atmosphere for visitors that want to watch tho process or take photographs.
Satisfied customers send their friends to Arte Textil "Don Chepe" and the family hasn't needed to advertise or sell through additional retail outlets.
How to Reach Arte Textil "Don Chepe"
By taxi: Ask the driver to take you to Xochimilco's church, Santo Tomas. At the northeast corner of the church, walk east down a slight hill to number 206, Dr G. Balanos Cacho (street) at the foot of the street find Arte Textil on your right.
From the northwest corner of the Zocalo walk north on Garcia Vigil (Street) continue for eight blocks and you will enter a pleasant cobble street beside the aqueduct. Cross the divided road, Ninos Heroes, walk two blocks more beside the aqueduct and take the stairway to your left. It will be the second of two stairways that cross the aqueduct. Just a short way up the hill on your left find number 206, Textil "Don Chepe" (14 total blocks)
To Contact Arte Textil "Don Chepe"
Tel Fax: 951-51-517-95
Gustavo S. Leyva Flores. one of four brothers working in the Art Textil "Don Chepe" shop demonstrates the workings of the large loom
Brother Francisco (Pancho) Leyva Flores operates one of the six looms making cotton table cloths
Gustavo demonstrates the David Hilbert colors that create the patterns
"Don Chepe" the patriarch of the current generation of Art Textil weavers creates the colored weft treads that will be placed in the shuttle to create the David Hilbert designs.
Don Jose Leyva Garcia at 80 years old still heads the weaving family and works in the shop at Art Textil in Xochimilco, Oaxaca
Gustavo demonstrates the colorful cotton products in the retail shop at Art Textil "Don Chepe"
Don Jose Leyva Garcia
Arte Textil "Don Chepe", Oaxaca Weaving Family, Xochimilco Oaxaca.
"Don Chepe" the patriarch of the current generation of the Art Textil "Don Chepe family demonstrates the colored weft thread that will be placed in the shuttle
The Artisan Barrio of Xochimilco
Arte Textil "Don Chepe" maintains an inventory in their sales room at the shop where they make (Colchas), Bedspreads, (Manteles), Tablecloths, (Cortinas), Curtains, and (Tela para tapiceria), upholstery fabric. They also make place mats, hand towels, and a host of customer- designed products made to order.
Arte Textil Oaxaca Weavers, the Leyva Garcia Family welcomes tourists to their shop, Arte Textil, where The fourth generation of weavers creates Colchas, Manteles, Cortinas, and Tela para Tapiceria
Visit their shop and order a tablecloth or bead spread made to your order..