Ocotlan is a traditional town located 36 kilometers from Oaxaca City on the road to the costal town of Puerto Angel. The town has a giant market on Friday that is worth the trip. They make fine embroidered blouses and dresses, knives, table cloths, traditional belts called senderos, clay figures, bamboo baskets and other handicrafts. The towns of Santa Thomas Jalieza a belt weaving town and San Martin Tilcajete where they make hand painted wood carvings are both located in the district.

For more information contact:  info@mexicantextiles.com

Return to Valley Zapotec Home Page

Secure Paypal
Help defer cost of documenation

page 1 of 4 Next

The talented embroiderers of Ocotlan have created a many different non traditional garments. In 1973 I cut these and we sold many during the heyday of Mexican peasant wear.
A knock off of the Yalalag men’s shirt but for a child , however it is was totally made in Ocotlan.
Typical dress in Ocotlan district
Elderly women with plain over-blouse with smocking, plaid wrap skirt and rebosos.
Another traditionally dressed women with the embroidered blouse being worn underneath. ( see the dress)