Take a glimpse into the ancient history of Zapotec indigenous culture, located in Oaxaca, Mexico. Discover how the traditional weaving heritage has been an instrument in cultural preservation. Enjoy a visual presentation by Samuel Bautista Lazo, a Zapotec (Benizaa) weaver, to learn how the patterns and symbols woven into textiles serves as a method of preserving a living knowledge, discover plants used for dying these vibrant tapestries, and get an inside view of indigenous lives and traditional livelihood.

Join San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden on Friday, March 22 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for an inside view of the Zapotec millenary weaving tradition, cultural and spiritual significance of ancient woven patterns and natural dye methods. Sustainably crafted Zapotec tapestries will be available for sale after the presentation.

SLO Botanical Garden suggests a donation of $5 for members and $10 non-members. Visit slobg.org for more information about the weaving immersion workshop, videos, and more.

Samuel Bautista Lazo grew up farming and herding goats and sheep in the foothills of Teotitlán del Valle. His parents taught him how to weave when he was tall and strong enough to stand all day on the treadle loom. Samuel has been weaving since the age of 12. Samuel is the first person in the family to earn a bachelor’s degree. He then went on to study Industrial Engineering in Oaxaca City. In 2007, towards the end of his engineering degree, Samuel realized problems within production and consumption system and the need for change to reduce the impact of manufacturing on the planet. That realization, led him to pursue a PhD in Sustainable Manufacturing at the University of Liverpool in the UK. After achieving his PhD, Samuel returned Mexico, to teach at a regional Technological University. He then returned back to his roots to revive the textile and rug making family business and to preserve his family’s weaving tradition. Samuel is inspired to share with the world the ancient ways of sustainable production that has allowed the Zapotec culture to live harmoniously on this planet for millennia.

About San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden

San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is celebrating its 30th year of sowing seeds and growing together. The Garden is located at 3450 Dairy Creek Rd. It is spread out on 150 acres in El Chorro Regional Park off Highway 1 between Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo. When the master plan is complete, the Garden will be the only garden of its kind in the United States exclusively devoted to the ecosystems and plants of the five Mediterranean climate regions of the world. Through its programs and facilities, the Garden fosters an appreciation and understanding of the relationship between people and nature and encourages a sense of stewardship for the natural environment. To learn more visit slobg.org, or the SLO Botanical Garden Facebook page.