ISAAC ARMANDO MARTINEZ LASO (Teotitlán del Valle)

Despite his young age, Isaac has a commanding presence at the loom. He is a third generation weaver, following his father and paternal grandfather. He won first prize in textiles in FOFA’s 2008 young artists’ competition with his “Greca Frets of Mitla,” combine mysticism, science and tradition. Each fret, or step, has a Zapotec significance. The first is the foundation, or beginning, from conception to birth; the second one is related to childhood, the third to youth, and the fourth to maturity in all its aspects. The line pointing downward represents old age and death, while the horizontal lines represent life in another world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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