Oaxaca Weaving Workshops: Dancing on the Loom

Schedule a 4-day tapestry weaving workshop with Oaxaca Cultural Navigator during your Oaxaca vacation. You do not need experience to take part.  The per person price is the same whether you take a private workshop or there is a group of up to four people. We welcome people who want to come and learn with a master weaver who has worked the craft for over 40 years.

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All levels are accepted — beginners with little or no experience, intermediate and advanced weavers.

The Oaxaca Weaving Workshops: Dancing on the Loom is held in the famous rug weaving village of Teotitlan del Valle, which is about 40-minutes outside the city of Oaxaca in the Tlacolula Valley.

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Here is what we offer:

Weaving Workshop: Intensive beginner to intermediate level 4-day workshop is $585 USD per person.  This includes all wool and 5 hours of supervised instruction daily, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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At the end of the workshop you will have completed a tapestry sampler about the size of a pillow cover or small wall-hanging, 18″ x 24″.  If you choose to bring and execute your own design, it should be simple enough to complete in this 4-day time frame.

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You will work with wool that is dyed with all natural materials, including indigo, cochineal, wild marigold, nuts and other plant materials. This is a sustainable process and you will see how natural dyes are prepared, too. If you wish, you may purchase naturally dyed yarns to take home with you.

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Note: The workshop fee does not include transportation, lodging or meals. We will refer you to local families who operate posadas and B&Bs out of their homes here in the village. You will make and pay for your own lodging arrangements, that cost from $25-45 USD per night. Meals are about $6 USD for breakfast and $10 USD for lunch/dinner.

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Reservations and Cancellations

To reserve your weaving workshop for the dates you choose, please contact us.

We require a 50% deposit to secure your reservation. The balance is due 30 days before your workshop date. If cancellation is necessary, please notify us in writing by email at least 30 days before the workshop start date to receive a 50% refund of your deposit. After that, refunds are not possible.

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14 Responses to Oaxaca Weaving Workshops: Dancing on the Loom

  1. Hello
    I am interested in inquiring about my mother in law ,Anamaria attending one of your workshops
    She does weave , is very interested and has lived in Mexico before, in the 90s. .She is fluent in Spanish
    However she is 80 and I am concerned about the living arrangements and transport to and from the airport , etc
    Do you provide any accommodations ?
    Thank you

    • Freya, the weaving workshop is 4-days, and requires that participants weave, standing, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It may not be the best option for your mother-in-law. You may want to consider a natural dye workshop, held in the city of Oaxaca, to which she can take a taxi to/from. Food and accommodations are arranged by the participant. We offer the workshop only. Thank you. Norma

  2. Hi Norma,
    I will be in Oaxaca next week and would like to know if there is any availability for a workshop from Tuesday to Friday (August 15 to 18). Thanks!
    Anna

  3. please give info for workshops in 2018. thanks.

  4. Hullo, would you email me please – I want to connect with you about a tour. Thanks so much.

  5. Will there be any workshops offered in November 2016?

  6. Hello Norma

    Just wondering if the workshop will be available. Anxious to finalize arrangements.

    Sylvia

  7. Dear Norma
    unfortunately I have been unable to travel in February, but I will be in Oaxaca on March 14 until March 24. Is it possible to arrange the weaving workshop during this time? I am also interested in the 2 day dye workshop. I sincerely hope that this will be possible.
    Sylvia

  8. As an intermediate weaver I am interested in attending the weaving workshop in late Feb or early March. My time is flexible so would like to join others who may have registered. I will be travelling from Vancouver, Canada and hope to enjoy some warm weather.
    What kind of loom is used for instruction? is it possible to use a treadle loom?
    I might ,also, sign up for the dyeing workshop in Oaxaca.
    Hope to hear from you soon.
    SA

    • Dear Sylvia, we would love to have you! Late February or early March is a perfect time to be here. We use the 2-harness tapestry floor loom, also known as the treadle loom, which the Spanish brought with them after the conquest. I would suggest, if you come in February, that you take the weaving workshop first for 4-days and spend those first four days in Teotitlan del Valle. Then you will go to Oaxaca city, where the studio is located, for the 3-day dye workshop. Please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you, Norma

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