Oaxaca Neighborhoods, (Sochimilco,) Xochimilco, Weaving Barrio
Oaxaca Neighborhoods, Xochimilco, Weaving Barrio Four generations of weavers create Colchas, Manteles, Cortinas, and Tela para Tapiceria in their shop the Oaxaca City Neighborhood of Xochimilco , just 14 blocks north of the Zocalo.
The fourth generation of weavers, sons of Don Chepe Leyva Garcia creates Colchas, Manteles, Cortinas, and Tela para Tapiceria in their shop at number 206 Dr Gilberto Bolanos Cacho in Oaxaca City's Neighborhood of Xochimilco , just 14 blocks north of the Zocalo.
The Leyva Flores family members have been weavers for 150 years, starting with the grandfather of the current patriarch, Don Chepe. The Great Grandfather specialized in weaving cotton scarfs.
The width of the scarf would have been determined by the loom size. The generations after the founder changed with the times and built larger looms to create bedspreads, (Colchas), and table cloths (Manteles).
As times changed so did the designs and styles produced by the Leyva family. They built ever larger looms to create larger bed spreads and larger table cloths. The current generation of weavers in the Leyva Flores family would make bed spreads to order and combine two for a king size bed by sewing them together.
Twelve years ago, the four brothers currently working with their father, 80 year old Jose Leyva Garcia, known as "Don Chepe", built, with the help of brothers and uncles, their largest loom to date, capable of producing the largest king size bed covers. (Colchas).
The Oaxaca Artisans Weaving Family Leyva Flores makes Cotton Textile Arts
Their shop Arte Textil "Don Chepe" makes , Bedspreads, Tablecloths, Curtains, and , upholstery fabric. They also make place mats hand towels and a host of customer- designed products made to order.
Brother Francisco (Pancho) Leyva Flores operates one of six looms making cotton table cloths
Gustavo Leyva Flores demonstrates the various colors that create the patterns
"Don Chepe" the patriarch of the current generation of Art Textil weavers creates the colored weft threads that are inserted in the shuttle to make the 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 Leyva Flores demonstrates the colorful cotton products in the retail shop at Art Textil "Don Chepe"
Oaxaca Neighborhoods offer Oaxaca Artisans such as the Weaving Family Leyva Flores, weavers who make Cotton Textile Arts
Their shop Arte Textil "Don Chepe" makes , Bedspreads, Tablecloths, Curtains, and , upholstery fabric, customer- designed products made to order.