Zapotec Natural Dyes with Porfirio Gutiérrez
Join master dyer and weaver Porfirio Gutiérrez to learn about the rich history of natural dyes in its cultural context, and to make a range of richly colored dyes using natural colorants derived from indigo, cochineal and pericón (Mexican tarragon). Natural materials have been used to produce dyes and colorants throughout much of human history. In Oaxaca, the knowledge has been passed down from generation to generation.
In this 2-day workshop, we will mordant yarn and felt using alum, and use the dyes we have prepared to dye these fibers, in some cases over dyeing to create a wider range of color. In addition, cotton cloth will be dyed with indigo (using a fructose vat). Students will take home a yarn and felt sample card and indigo-dyed cloth.
Porfirio will also be bringing a selection of his exquisite weavings that will be for sale.
Enjoy a potluck lunch each day, giving everyone time to socialize with the instructor and fellow students.
West County Fiber Arts is the studio of felt artist Heidi Harris, on a beautiful 1-acre property in rural Sonoma County, California. Classes will take place in a tented area in the garden. For more information, please visit the website.