The Weavings of Porfirio Gutiérrez and Family
West County Fiber Arts is honored to host master weaver Porfirio Gutiérrez for a presentation of his weavings. Porfirio Gutiérrez and his family are masters of traditional Zapotec weaving and the creative skills associated with their fine art. They have descended from centuries of weavers and have no reason to doubt that their ancestors were weaving in pre-Columbian times. Their village, Teotitlán del Valle in Oaxaca, has been famous for the art of weaving for centuries. All weavings made by the family have a letter of authenticity that includes a list of natural dyes used in each piece and instructions on how to care for naturally-dyed weavings. All proceeds from the sale of the weavings are shared by the family.
It is Porfirio's passionate goal to preserve the family's traditional art and inherited Zapotec weaving techniques. The hope is that the centuries of their rich Zapotec culture is also their legacy to their descendants because it defines them as a family. In an effort to find appreciation for their art and enough financial validation to sustain it, Porfirio has emigrated to the United States where he exhibits, gives educational lectures, weaving & natural dye demonstrations, and hands-on workshops.