Exploring Zapotec Wool-Dyeing Techniques


Saturday, May 18, 2019, 10:00am to 3:00pm


Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

In this one-day workshop, master dyer and textile artist Porfirio Gutiérrez will discuss the history and uses of cochineal dye from the perspective of the Zapotecs from Oaxaca, Mexico, who have used the pigment since pre-Columbian times. Mr. Gutiérrez will demonstrate how to prepare cochineal dye and will guide workshop participants in dyeing their individual wool scarves with both cochineal and pericón, a wild marigold indigenous to Mexico, used to obtain a beautiful bright yellow dye.

This is an all-levels workshop; no previous experience is required. All supplies for dyeing are included. Each participant will receive a wool scarf to dye and take home.

Registration closes Wednesday, May 15.

Fee: $80 Members / $100 Non-members

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