Yohocuaha is a Mixtec voice that means place with many vines, it is found in the coastal region of Oaxaca, Mexico and now it is called San Juan Colorado, Jamiltepéc. For us it is still Yohocuaha.
We are a group of artisans who inherit the tradition of the waist loom, we organize ourselves because our work is not sufficiently valued. Each of our pieces is different and has hours and hours of weariness, joy, sadness and awareness of being Mixtec in its plot.
We fight so that our culture lasts and can relate to other ways of thinking and living.
– Women weavers of Yohocuaha, 2007.
The 18 artisans that make up the Cooperativa de mujeres tejedoras de Yohocuaha are: Agustina Quiroz, Donaji García, Hilaria Quiroz, Julia Alavez, Juana Felisa García, Jessica Quiróz, Verónica Nicolás, Catalina Nicolás, Carmen Nicolás, Romelia Merino, Marta Tapia, Delfina Tapia, Patrocinia Nicolás, Felisa Quiróz, Zoila Tapia, Yesenia Aguilar, Jazmín Quiróz y Celia García.
The technique with which they weave their garments is the waist loom, a fundamental instrument for the manufacture of indigenous textiles in Mexico since pre-Hispanic times.
The waist loom consists of two horizontal and parallel strips held by straps, which are placed at the ends of the warp. The upper strap is fixed to a vertical element, usually to a tree, while the lower one is placed by another strap around the waist of the weaver.