Roll up your sleeves to learn the secrets of natural dyes. Oaxaca is famous for cochineal and indigo natural dyes, plus many others.
January 10, 11, 12, 2014 (arrive January 9)
March 13, 14, 15 (arrive March 12)
Indigenous Mexican weavers also work with pecan shells and leaves, and yellow fustic — a colorfast wood extract dye, which you will learn to prepare in this workshop. They also collect moss and wild marigold, pomegranates, tree bark, wild cotton and murex snails to dye textiles, which you will better understand.
- gain an understanding of the properties of natural dye materials
- learn new methods for extraction
- discover innovative techniques for mordanting
- work with the cochineal, nuts, indigo and fustic to dye and over-dye wool
- achieve a wide range of glorious colors to reproduce at home
- appreciate natural dye use for a healthier environment
- take home a labeled sample card for reference
- maximum 8 people for personal attention
Your Instructor is Eric Chavez Santiago
Eric is one of the most knowledgeable textile resources in Mexico. In his professional life, Eric is immersed in Oaxaca’s textile traditions and is affiliated with one of Mexico’s finest cultural arts museums. A graduate of Oaxaca’s Anahuac University, Eric speaks fluent English, is a talented weaver and dyer, experienced instructor, and makes presentations throughout Mexico and worldwide. He has developed over 100 shades of cochineal and uses innovative techniques for dyeing with indigo.
Eric has traveled to the United States regularly since 2006 to present Oaxaca’s textile traditions to museums, galleries, and universities, including UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, University of Notre Dame Snite Museum of Art, University of California at Santa Cruz, National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, San Jose, California Quilt and Textile Museum, American Tapestry Alliance, and The Commonwealth Club of San Francisco.
Cost and Location
The workshop will be held in the weaving village of Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico. It includes 3 nights lodging, 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners, all instruction, materials, samples, workbook and an indigo dyed scarf that you will make yourself.
- $595 per person double occupancy with shared bath
- $675 per person single occupancy with private bath
- Trailing spouse option: Add $155 (food/lodging only, no workshop)
- Add-on Zapotec cooking class, Monday, January 13 or Thursday, March 13: $125 per person (includes lodging the night before, dinner, breakfast, lunch, all instruction and recipe booklet)
- Add-on 4-day tapestry weaving workshop from $895 (includes 4 nights, all breakfasts, dinners, weaving handbook). Click link for schedules.
Reserve your space with a 50% deposit. The balance is due on December 1, 2013. The workshop includes: three days of hands-on instruction, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily for a total of 15 hours, 2 nights lodging, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners, all materials and supplies, a natural dye handbook with recipes, and labeled sample cards to take with you.
Refunds and Cancellations
Please understand that we make arrangements months in advance of the program. Our hosts often require deposits or payments in full to guarantee reservations. If cancellation is necessary, please notify us in writing by email. No refunds are possible after 45 days before the workshop start date; however, we will make every possible effort to fill your reserved space or you may send a substitute. If you cancel on or before 45 days before the workshop start date, we will refund 50% of your deposit. We strongly recommend that you take out trip cancellation, baggage, emergency evacuation and medical insurance before you begin your trip, since unforeseen circumstances are possible.