Mitla: The Mysterious Stepped-Fret Mosaics

Building 6: Geometric Designs

These geometric designs are typical amongst the buildings at Mitla and are still used by the modern-day Zapotec textile manufacturers who weave these motifs into their fabrics.

Unbelievably, these designs are produced by cutting individual shapes and slotting them together, without mortar, like pieces of a jigsaw. The designs certainly hold religious significance, though their exact meaning may have been lost.

© Robin Heyworth, taken on 29th December 2001

The Geometric Designs that adorn Building 6 at Mitla