This Week: Workshops & Events at the Museo Textil de Oaxaca

Here is a note to me from Eric Chavez Santiago, director of education at the Museo Textil de Oaxaca describing all the exciting programs coming up at the museum in the next week.

June 8, 2009, Oaxaca, Mexico

Hola, Norma,

This week we have many things going on at the museum. I will be teaching a weaving workshop using a frame loom, from Monday, June 8 to Friday, June 12, from 4-6 p.m. daily.  We will weave using the tapestry technique and each participant will make a small doily as an example. Admission is 350 pesos per person.

On Thursday, June 11, at 7 p.m., the museum’s textile restoration expert Hector Meneses will present his book: “Un paño novohispano, tesoros del arte plumaria.”  It is about an  18th century textile woven with feathers. This technique has been rescued and workshops about how to do it have been taught at the Museum.  As a result, some weavers from Teotitlan del Valle and San Pedro Cajonos are reintroducing the technique and putting applications of feathered yarns on their textiles. The event is free to the public.

On Saturday June 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., I will teach an indigo dyeing
workshop. Using resist dyeing techniques, participants will make their own patterns using yarns and rubber bands tied onto white t-shirts that they bring. The technique keeps the color from entering those “resisted” spots. The technique is widely used in Japan, India and years past in Mexico. Admission is 100 pesos per participant.

Next week, from June 17-21, weavers from San Pedro and San Miguel Cajonos will give demonstrations of weaving and dyeing, and sell their work in the museum´s patio. Free to the public.

From June 17 through June 20, Frances ‘Sam’ Robbins will teach a patchwork quilt making workshop from 4-8 p.m.  The class is full and we are taking a wait list.  There is the possibility of a second section opening up.  Admission is 350 pesos per person.

I will be busy as you can see, but that´s just great because it keeps me busy!


Eric Chavez Santiago

Director of Education

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