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Around the World in 80 Fabrics Series: Weaving with Naturally Dyed Oaxacan Fibers

Oil and Cotton Creative Exchange

CLASS DATE: Sunday, October 23, 1-4pm
LOCATION: Oil and Cotton Studio
AGES: 12 to adult
STUDENT #s : 6 min - 16 max
INSTRUCTOR: Lesli Robertson

Join Lesli Robertson of Around the World in 80 Fabrics (ATW80F) and travel the world through fascinating fabrics in this 3 part fall workshop series. Extraordinary colors can come from nature - from deep blues, purples, to rich yellows. In this workshop, we have the unique opportunity to work with hand-dyed wool from Teotilan del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico. On a recent trip, ATW80F co-founder Carroll Dunham, visited the studio of master dyer, spinner and weaver, Delfina Bautisa and her family. She brought back masterfully dyed wool yarn, hand spun and dyed with pomegranate, cochineal, indigo, and percon.

In this workshop we will use a basic loom to design our own small weaving using tapestry techniques inspired by the traditional motifs used in their family's textiles. Natural dye demonstrations will give students the opportunity to experience beginning to end dye processes. We will do our best to have an interview with Delfina and her family LIVE from Teotitlan! *Photos courtesy of Thomas Kelly with permission from Delfina Bautisa and her family.

You will learn:
Basic loom weaving
Tapestry techniques

Students receive a kit including:
-Colorful assortment of hand dyed of Oaxacan yarn
-Tapestry needle
-Cardboard Loom

More about our Around the World in 80 Fabrics Series:
Join Lesli Robertson of Around the World in 80 Fabrics (ATW80F) to travel the world through fascinating fabrics in this 3 part fall workshop series, from Mongolian yak, to naturally dyed Oaxacan wool, to quilting with Nepalese Nettle and more. Founded in 2022, ATW80F is a non-profit organization focused on sharing the diversity of natural fibers and fabrics created across the globe - from small scale artisans makers, to innovative scientists using the latest microbial technologies, to recyclers dealing with an influx of fast fashion discards. Each fabric tells stories of the makers, ecosystems, and raw materials that brought them to life.

This is a rare opportunity to work with fabrics and fibers directly sourced from a global group of artisans. Through their fibers and fabrics, we will hear their stories, dive into their cultural and textile ecosystems, and explore the creative potential of these fabrics in our own hands.

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  • $110

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