Chimayo Weaving is a tradition with roots deep in old Spanish Colonial New Mexico. In the early 1700's, Gabriel Ortega passed his knowledge of weaving on to his son Manuel Pablo, thus beginning an unbroken family tradition. In 1900, Nicacio Ortega, Gabriel's great grandson, opened a store to sell weavings as well a general merchandise. Nicacio taught his sons to weave and eventually worked with other local weavers to meet growing demand for weavings. Many of the descendants of these local weavers still work with the Ortegas. After World War II, Nicacio's sons and daughers in law, David & Jeanine and Jose Ramon & Bernardita, built the current Ortega's Weaving Shop. David & Jeanine's sons, Andrew & Robert joined the business in the mid 1970's. Today, Robert runs the daily operations of the Weaving Shop while Andew and wife, Evita, opened Galeria Ortega adjacent to the Weaving Shop in 1983 to showcase New Mexico products and art not avaialable at the Weaving Shop. As weavers for eight generations in the Chimayo tradition, our family appreciates the commitment that goes into creating handcrafted 100% wool weavings. Each or our unique products comes with a rich history behind it. We invite you to visit us in picturesque Chimayo and discover the traditon for yourself.