Intensive Workshop Waist Loom
Taught by Margarita López Hernández, weaver teacher from the State of Chiapas.
AIMED AT ILLUSTRATORS, DESIGNERS, ARTISTS, STUDENTS, AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC INTERESTED IN MEXICAN CULTURE AND TRADITION (recommended for over 15s).
$ 7,200 per person
March 25-29, 2019
MORNING: 9:00 a.m.-1: 00 p.m.
VESPERTINO: 3:30 pm-7:30 pm
20 hours (5 sessions of 4 hours each)
Marsella 72, Colonia Juárez
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The waist loom is one of the main tools of indigenous weaving in Mexico.
Some of the most beautiful and complex textiles in history have been created in this simple, portable and economical system in which a strap is placed around the waist of the weavers to hold the loom stretched.
Through this instrument, pieces such as huipiles, girdles, mantles and rebozos are obtained that are part of the traditional and current indigenous clothing in Mexico.
In this type of loom the weaver or weaver is part of the components, since to obtain a piece it is necessary to regulate the tension and precision by means of movements of the body.
This workshop is considered as an initiation and approach to the whole process of waist loom that will allow participants to promote their creativity and manual skills according to the indigenous tradition, also through these workshops ensure the permanence and registration of cultural elements that are part of our history and daily life.
Once the workshop is finished, pieces of simple designs can be woven and the necessary knowledge will be obtained to continue exploring techniques.
The waist loom in the Mayan worldview
– Goddesses and traditions
– Meaning and abstraction of motives
Components of the waist loom
– Recognition of elements of the loom
– Traditional materials
– Urdido and montage
Design and execution: creation of textures and mixing of colors
– Fabric design
– Knowledge of techniques
– Taffeta or “simple fabric” or “one by one” basic construction of a textile and brocade: decorative technique on a basic fabric.
– Application of techniques on the loom
– Effects of the tissue
Results of the workshop
– Moorings, terminations
– Dismantling of canvas
At the end of the workshop, students will be able to take the information and all the necessary materials to their home to continue experimenting with their own designs.