- Sep 16 2018
- 09:00 - 17:00
A Day of Dyeing in Teotitlán
Our dyeing host from Teotitlán, Doña Josefina from the women´s collective, is hosting this hands-on workshop in which you will be able to dye a range of natural colors from organic pigments to take home.
Join us and 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 your own yarn. Josefina´s son, Luis, will lead us through a demonstration of how the different colors are created and will assist us in the dyeing process.
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. This 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.
You are able to bring additional materials to experiment with during the dyeing process, but they must be organic materials (cotton or wool, for example), as synthetic materials will not accept the dye.
- Transportation to and from Teotitlán (leaving from/returning to Tlayudona)
- Spanish to English translation if necessary
- All materials necessary to dye wool in various colors (although you are permitted to bring additional materials to experiment with)
- Personal instruction from Doña Josefina, her son Luis, and other members of 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
Where: Teotitlán del Valle (Transportation leaves from Tlayudona at 9 am, Calle de Manuel Bravo 210 – C)
Bring: Water bottle (Optional: extra organic/natural dyeing materials)
Cost: 2,500 per person (9 a.m.- 6 p.m. including almuerzo/brunch & comida/lunch).