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This experience follows our Covid Protocol. Please make sure to go over our protocol and to only reserve an experience if you´re in complete agreement with the terms.
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.
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.
What to Expect
Step One: Read our Covid Protocol. If you agree with these terms and practices, write to us and request this experience, telling us how many people are in your small group and what your dates of availability are. Let us know where we’re staying so that we can arrange to pick you up on the agreed-upon date.
Step Two: Once we’ve found a date that works for our hosts and for your group, we will send you a Paypal request for a deposit for your experience. This deposit is non-refundable. In case of an emergency with our hosts, we will do our best to reschedule with you at a mutually-convenient time. If that is not possible, we will refund your deposit.
Step Three: We will pick you up around 8 a.m. and arrive in Teotitlán by 9 a.m. We will get to learn about rural life in the village, eat local food made by Josefina and her family, and immerse ourselves in natural dyeing and weaving.
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
- All products necessary for sanitization and to maintain our Covid Protocol.
Logistics and Cost
Time Involvement – 18 Hours over 2 days
Transportation – Transportation is provided from your home, hotel, or a central location to Teotitlán del Valle.
Costs and Minimums – 4750 MXN pp. This course can not be divided or purchased as a 1-day course
Bring: Water bottles, optional extra organic/natural dyeing materials
There is a minimum of 2 people for this experience.