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XyZ Cooperative began in 2010, working closely with five families of Zapotec rug weavers in Santa Ana del Valle in Oaxaca, Mexico. Every rug is wool and handwoven. The weavers are great artists and our reliable support has allowed them to make some of the biggest, most intricate rugs they've ever made!

Our cotton hand woven towels are imagined by us and woven in the city of Oaxaca. Our Friends Collection features towels designed by artists and designers we love. 

Our love for textiles has taken us all over the state of Oaxaca in search of incredible artisan work. Every piece in our wearables collection comes directly from the maker or cooperative of makers.

Stateside we partner with businesses across the country for events. We also stock our products in a few great shops. We're open to collaborations and custom orders. Please be in touch if you'd like to know more!

Photo by Greta Rybus

Photo by Greta Rybus

Rodolfo & Mariana

Mariana and Rodolfo Aquino Cruz have been married 50 years. Mariana is a master dyer; she knows every dip and rise in the mountains around Santa Ana and in these mountains she collects the flowers, bark and lichen to dye the fantastically rich colors in their rugs. Rodolfo builds each piece of his looms by hand to create his precise and imaginative designs, both skills he learned from his father. He is also a great baker, farmer, and all around community member. Mariana makes the most delicious mole and perfect full moon tortillas from their own native corn. Rodolfo & Mariana’s four kids learned to weave but have left Santa Ana to work across the border in Los Angeles where they live with their children and grandchildren. Rodolfo & Mariana now spend 6 months of the year with their family in LA.


Alicia & Mario

Alicia Sanchez has a wild eye for color. She makes her color selections and lays them on her husband Mario’s loom. Mario then weaves the rugs that pop with her surprising color combinations. Mario learned to weave from his father and while Alicia learned to spin and dye she didn’t learn to weave until she met Mario, whose family believed that women should be able to weave as well as men. Alicia’s son is learning to weave in his spare time after working at his general store. Alicia & Mario have goats and lots of medicinal herbs and flowers in their garden. They do the majority of XyZ’s custom weavings.


Aaron & Macedonia

Macedonia Martinez is a gardener. She grows cochineal in her greenhouses. Cochineal, a tiny parasitic beetle that thrives on cactus, creates the vibrant reds, pinks, and purples that are so well known to Zapotec weaving. Her husband, Aaron, is inspired by the ancient caracol design. The caracol (snail) shape is found in archeological ruins near the village and is a traditional Zapotec rug pattern. His rugs play with this timeless pattern in new ways. Aaron has taught all four of his kids, both sons and daughters, to weave and they all carry on the work often weaving side by side at looms in their courtyard.


Namesio & Florencia

Namesio Martinez and his wife, Florencia, make intricate, large rugs. Side by side at the loom, they weave their rugs in tandem, keeping perfect time with one another. They have started to teach Zapotec language and weaving to young children in their community and are teaching their son Isaak on a loom that is just his size. Check out our EDUCATE page to learn more about their work and how you can support. Namesio and Florencia recently built a new larger loom to make even larger rugs. Namesio also works as a pastor in Santa Ana.