NY Times Mentions Norma Schafer: In Mexico, Weavers Embrace Natural Alternatives to Toxic Dyes

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First, a special call-out to Porfirio Gutierrez and his family for all they do to promote the use of natural dyes in the making of their hand-woven tapestries. His sister Juana is a master dyer and his brother-in-law Antonio innovates on design and materials. Congratulations on this feature story!

I was honored to be interviewed a couple of months ago by New York Times Science reporter Erica Goode to offer source information about the natural dye world in Teotitlan del Valle.

Of course, I emphasized that in addition to Porfirio’s family, there are about a dozen other families or family groups who are dedicated to preserving the natural dye culture. This includes my host family, Galeria Fe y Lola, Federico Chavez Sosa and Dolores Santiago Arrellanas. This takes time, commitment and an investment of more expensive materials.

Please join me on a one-day natural dye and weaving study tour to explore our weaving culture in more depth.

6 Responses to NY Times Mentions Norma Schafer: In Mexico, Weavers Embrace Natural Alternatives to Toxic Dyes

  1. Congratulations on the NYT article, Norma! Bravissima!!

  2. Hi Norma,
    Haven’t heard back from you on our plans to visit you in December. Please feel free to respond to my proposal of a meeting and proposed fees….We are not sure if what we suggested will work for you but are open to your suggestions in return…..We were targeting Dec. 23 to go to your home in Teotitlan as you recall ….and spending a few hours with you talking about places we would like to visit in, and that you would recommend, in Oaxaca to see artisans and art work and purchase your maps.
    All the best, saludos
    Ana and Carlotta

  3. Norma, the “New York Times” article you published is spectacular! I’m happy to see that your textile narratives are receiving the recognition they so richly deserve.

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