Cloth Fiber Workshop in Asheville, NC, will host a one evening natural dyeing workshop with Eric and Janet Chavez Santiago on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008. The brother-sister team from Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico, are fiber artists and rug weavers who color the wool of their rugs using only natural dyes from plant materials and the cochineal bug that grows on the prickly pear cactus. They will demonstrate ancient Zapotec traditional dyeing methods using cochineal, moss and indigo. Eric, who is the coordinator of educational services at the new Museo Textil de Oaxaca, the only museum in Mexico that is devoted exclusively to the exhibition and preservation of textiles, has developed recipes for over 95 different shades of cochineal and has recently been experimenting with dyeing on cotton and silk. Both Janet and Eric are fluent English-speakers.
To learn more about the workshop and to register, please contact Cloth Fiber Workshop directly: 51 Thompson St, Suite D, Asheville, NC 28803, (828) 505-2958
For a complete list of the Chavez family events in North Carolina, please click to see the blog post.
If your organization is interested in hosting a one-day or one-evening workshop in NC during the month of October, please contact Norma Hawthorne.