Hands-on Dyeing and Weaving Workshop in Teotitlan

Multiple Day Natural Dyeing and Weaving Exploration

Our dyeing host from Teotitlán, Doña Josefina from the women´s collective, is hosting this multiple day hands-on workshop in which you will be able to dye a range of natural colors from organic pigments, and then weave your own small piece to take home. We can arrange this experience for a minimum of two complete days, and up to a week of intense learning. Information below is based upon two days of immersion. Discounts apply for longer immersion periods.

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What to Expect

Join us for a morning with the women´s weaving collective in Teotitlán del Valle, the village known for it´s use of natural dyes in the weaving of gorgeous “tapetes” (rugs) and other linens. Las Mujeres que Tejen were the first group of women to organize in Teotitlán, so that their work could be collectivized and they´d have the opportunity to sell in a traditionally male-dominated marketplace. This enabled them to organize other tasks like childcare and cooking so that they could weave and also sell their own work. Many years later, their project is still in motion, although you can bear witness to a lot of changes in the village surrounding them.

During this immersion experience, Doña Josefina is inviting us to her collective´s space for a talk about women´s experience in weaving, organizing, and breaking boundaries in a village known for its strict adherence to traditions as well as the hands-on opportunity to dye and create a piece of your own.

She will show us a bit about how natural colors are extracted and how their rugs are made. We´ll learn about how cochineal reds, indigo blues, and marigold yellows are created, for example. Each of us can get a chance to get our hands into the mix, grinding ingredients by hand and bearing witness to the sheer strength that this work requires. The first day of the workshop will be dedicated to dyeing natural wool and other items with a range of plant and other organic pigments.

Doña Josefina will also fill our bellies with a hearty typical brunch and lunch over the course of the day so that we have the energy to sustain our work.

The second day of the workshop will be dedicated to weaving techniques, and you will each be able to weave your own small piece to take home.

You are able to bring additional materials to experiment with during the dyeing and weaving processes, but they must be organic materials (cotton or wool, for example), as synthetic materials will not accept the dye.

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Experience Includes

  • Transportation to and from Teotitlán (leaving from/returning to Tlayudona)

  • Spanish to English translation if necessary

  • All materials necessary to dye and weave your own piece (although you are permitted to bring additional materials to experiment with)

  • Personal instruction from Doña Josefina and her family

  • Almuerzo (brunch) and Lunch (please advise us of any dietary restrictions in advance)

  • The opportunity to purchase rugs and other items directly from the women of the collective

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Logistics and Cost

Time Involvement – 18 Hours over 2 days

Transportation – Transportation is provided from Tlayudona (Jalatclaco) to Teotitlán del Valle.

Costs and Minimums4750 MXN pp.  This course can not be divided or purchased as a 1-day course

Bring: Water bottles, extra organic/natural dyeing materials

There is a minimum of 2 people for this experience.

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