ZAPOTEC MASTER WEAVER PORFIRIO GUTIÉRREZ

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture piece begins:

California-based Zapotec textile artist and master weaver Porfirio Gutiérrez was born and raised in the historic Zapotec textile community of Teotitlán del Valle in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Zapotecs have lived in the Oaxaca Central Valley for over 2500 years. Today, they comprise the third largest indigenous group in Mexico, while 80,000 Zapotec reside in the Los Angeles area.

Gutiérrez learned to weave at the age of 12 and comes from a long line of master craftspeople who are bent on passing on their traditions to a new generation.

He divides his time between Oaxaca and Ventura, California, where he also has a studio and gallery.

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