Traces of the World has visit the artisans communities, in Oaxaca, that produce organic wool, organic cotton and organic silk. The artisans of the loom of each community convert these raw materials with their weaving skills in authentic master pieces. The book of The Getty Conservation Institute and Instituto Nacional de Antropologia and the Museum de Historia Regional de Oaxaca The Unbroken Thread. Conserving the Textile Traditions of Oaxaca makes an interesting study about living traditions in cultural heritage within our rapidly changing and evolving contemporary world. There can be no doubt about the importance of textiles as a reflection of past and present cultures. In many parts of the world, textile traditions is been transmitted to sons and daughters over the millennia. Just as fascinating as the use of the textiles and the technology of their manufacture are their beauty and the exquisite pleasure they provide to the eye and the mind.


She wore a finely worked blue tunic
decorated with beautifully woven flowers
formed of feathers with many little plaques
of gold pendants all over them.
She was represented with her arms
open like a woman who is dancing.
—Friar Diego Duran, 16th century
Translated by Fernando Horcasitas and Doris Heyden


The rugged mountains of the Oaxaca has given rise to isolated settlements where a wide variety of weaving techniques flourished in the past and survive well into the twentieth century. The pride of the artist and the craftspersons that produced these materials in the past and continue to do so today is brought to the forefront in the quality of the objects and elegance of the designs.The textiles of Oaxaca, like those of many other places in Mexico and other countries in Latin America, as well as other parts of the world, representing living traditions that have undergone many influences. In the case of Oaxaca, these traditions have evolved through many changes reflected in the use of dies and fibers and in the motifs of textiles created by contemporary cultures.