Natural Dyeing the Oaxacan Way, Sep 24, 2022


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Francisco Bautista, Zapotec weaver, will teach this one-day workshop. Students will learn the traditional Oaxacan/Zapotec ways of hand-dyeing wool yarn with natural materials. Dyes used will be Cochineal for Red, Indigo for Blue, Pericon for Yellow, and Pomegranate for Black. Each student can expect to take home approximately one ounce of each color of dyed yarn, plus a handout with the recipes used. Students may bring in their own yarn if they have pre-mordanted it with alum. Francisco will provide the mordanting instructions. This needs to be done one week before the workshop. Materials fee of $30 will be paid directly to the instructor. Maximum class size is 12.

About the Instructor: 

Francisco Bautista is the fourth generation Master Weaver in his family. He and his wife, Laura, were born in Teotitlan del Valle, a Zapotec village in Oaxaca, Mexico. They use only  hand-spun, hand-dyed wool, and weave each of their works on a foot pedal loom. The vibrant colors in their weavings are from both natural and aniline dyes. The whole family enjoys weaving. He says, “Together we work to ensure that the quality achieved by the Master Weavers of old will continue to live on in each piece we weave.”

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