Bobbins on the tapestry loom
Monday – Friday, June 13- 17, 2011
Imagine! A 4-day hands-on weaving workshop in Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico, with the family of master weaver Federico Chavez Sosa. and his wife Dolores Santiago Arrellanas, from Monday-Thursday, June 13-16. For beginners and experienced weavers!
Plus a Special Bonus Included: Friday Cooking Class with Reyna Mendoza Ruiz! from 9:00 a.m. t0 2 p.m.
“The workshop was an incredible program. I have enjoyed the whole process! Thank you very much for your hospitality and for sharing your talent, knowledge and wonderful teaching. I would recommend this program to any friend. This has been an unforgettable week.” –Giovanna Balarezo, New York City
Workshop tuition is $895 per person, including lodging (double occupancy) and most meals. Workshop is limited to 6 participants.
4 days of weaving instruction, Monday-Thursday. Plus a Friday morning cooking class!
Includes 22 hours of instruction, 5 nights lodging, 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches AND a cooking class. Perfect for weavers, knitters, natural dye aficionados, artists, teachers. A great experience for parents and mature children. Arrive Sunday evening and depart on Friday morning.
Cultivating Cochineal -- The Red Dye From the Insect
“Dancing on the Loom” was a marvelous experience; not only did I learn the essentials of weaving and dyeing, but I have the opportunity to see people engaging in the building of a sustainable production.” — Akilah Zuberi, Philadelphia
Not only will you learn the way Zapotecs have been weaving for over 500 years, and dyeing for millenia, you will be experiencing village life through a very unique and personal perspective.
The Chavez family have traveled and exhibited throughout the United States, are in the permanent collections of galleries, museums and artists, including the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame. They have exhibited and lectured widely, including at the National Museum of Mexican Art (Chicago), the San Jose (CA) Quilt and Textile Museum, the American Tapestry Alliance, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Purdue University, and the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Who Should Attend: Weavers, artists, knitters, designers, teachers, university students, anyone interested in weaving and natural dyeing techniques, and sustaining indigenous art forms using traditional methods.
Level of Experience Necessary: These are small group, hands-on workshops that can accommodate varying levels of expertise, from beginner to advanced student. Because the size of each group is limited, you will receive individualized instruction and coaching from the master weaving family of Federico Chavez Sosa. More experienced weavers can create more complex projects.
Student will be assigned their personal loom for the session. The loom will be dressed (warped) and ready for you to begin weaving upon arrival. Materials include your choice of naturally dyed wool yarn from which you will weave a sampler textile that can be used as a wall hanging, pillow cover, or comprise the body of a purse or shoulder bag. You will select the wool from colors dyed with pomegranates, pecans, mosses, indigo, and cochineal. Our participants have created amazing textiles that range from 18 inches to 30 inches in length.
What You Will Learn:
- Traditional Zapotec weaving techniques, patterns and motifs that produce squares, stripes, diagonals, circles and color gradations;
- Use of the two-harness pedal loom and shuttles;
- Practice weaving simple or more complex patterns, depending upon your level of experience;
- The cultural history of rug weaving in Teotitlan, ancient wool preparation techniques, natural dyeing methods, and how to discern synthetic dye use
- Participate in natural dyeing demonstrations to see how the range and variety of color is developed from native plant materials;
- Complete a finished textile: cut the sample tapestry from the loom, clean the wool tapestry, twist and tie the fringes; and
- Work under the expert guidance of weavers whose family has been creating extraordinary textiles for generations.
Arrive in Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca on Sunday and settle into your B&B. Sunday is a free day.
Students with Federico at the tapestry loom
Weaving Workshop: Days 1-4, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Day One, Monday: Arrive at the Chavez Family Studio for an orientation and demonstration of Zapotec weaving patterns and techniques to create squares, stripes, diagonals and circles. Choose your loom and select the colors for your tapestry. Prepare the bobbins. Begin your project.
Days Two to Four, Tuesday-Thursday: Participate in demonstrations and then practice using the two-harness pedal loom using a variety of shuttles to make more complex patterns and greater variety of colors, experiment with using the equipment on your own, learn dyeing techniques using cochineal, indigo, wild marigold (pericone) and moss. Learn how to count threads to create a circle or square within the overall design. Finish off your piece by cutting it off the loom, rolling and tying fringes.
Day Five, Friday: After breakfast, walk around the block to the kitchen of the famed cooking teacher Reyna Mendoza Ruiz at 9 a.m. You’ll go to the market with her, select the food you will prepare, join her in her kitchen for all the preparations, then enjoy what you have cooked for comida!
What Is Included:
- All weaving equipment and supplies to create a finished wool tapestry sampler that is approximately 18” wide by 24” long
- 22+ hours of supervised instruction in English
- An educational reference notebook of workshop materials
- 4 lunches: Afternoon lunch (Comida), snacks, beverages daily for four days
- 5 nights lodging (double occupancy) with daily breakfast in Teotitlan del Valle at a lovely and comfortable bed and breakfast within easy walking distance of the Chavez Santiago Family studio
Cost for the 5 Night/4-Day Program is $895 USD per person, double occupancy. Additional nights lodging can be arranged at $40 per night per person.
How to Register: A $450 USD deposit is required to reserve your space.
Final payment of the balance is due 45 days before the start day of the workshop. If the final balance is not paid by then, we reserve the right to treat the reservation as cancelled and no refunds are offered. Any registrations made within 45 days of the workshop start date must be paid in full at the time of registration.
Mountains and Rains Zapotec Rug Pattern
Cancellations and Refunds
If cancellation is necessary, deposits are refundable, as follows:
Cancellations must be made in writing by email.
Deposits may be refunded:
- up to 45 days before the workshop start date, 50% of the deposit will be refunded.
- After that, deposits are not refundable.
- If cancellation is necessary, you may apply the deposit to a future workshop scheduled in the same calendar year or transfer your registration to another person.
- We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule workshops, in which case you may choose a 100% refund or to apply the tuition to a future workshop.
Personal checks are accepted. We can also accept payment with PayPal.
What Is NOT Included:
- Transportation in/to Mexico, Oaxaca and Teotitlan
- Local transportation costs (bus, taxi, collectivo)
- Gratuities and fees
- Trip insurance, medical expenses, hospitalization, and other fees
- Evening dinners, snacks, liquor/alcoholic beverages
- Optional afternoon side trips and excursions
Upon registration for the workshop, we will provide you with:
- Transportation options to get from the Oaxaca airport to Teotitlan del Valle and your bed and breakfast
- A self-guided tour map of Teotitlan del Valle
- How to get from the airport to the village
- A list of recommended restaurants and places to stay/visit in Oaxaca
- A seasonal packing list, and travel tips to make your journey easier and fun
Note: Zapotec weavers use the pedal loom, which they stand at to work. People who have difficulty standing for any period of time, or who have back problems are discouraged from attending. Many of Teotitlan’s streets and alleyways are cobblestone and/or dirt, with many uneven surfaces. It is a several block walk between lodging options and the weaving workshop. Please bring appropriate walking shoes.
U.S. Citizens traveling to Mexico are required to carry a current passport, valid for at least three months after your re-entry to the U.S. It is your responsibility to obtain proper documentation. If you are not a U.S. Citizen, contact the Mexican embassy, consulate or national airline of Mexico for entry requirements.
Please consider purchasing travel insurance. Unforeseen circumstances of getting to Teotitlan del Valle could cost you more than you expected. In the event of an emergency or natural disaster caused beyond our control, trip insurance will cover any unexpected expenses.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org