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During the 2013 Taos Wool Festival, noted master Zapotec weaver, Florentino Gutierrez, will be giving a weaving demonstration showing the traditional way of the centuries old Zapotec Indian weaving technique on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5-6. Starr Interiors will be hosting the special event in their historic courtyard at 117 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, two doors south of the Taos Inn.
Gutierrez’s wife Eloisa, also a weaver, will be preparing and serving traditional Oaxacan hot chocolate, a blend of hand ground chocolate, cinnamon and sugar, beat to a frothy mixture and traditionally served at all important Zapotec and Oaxaca events.
Gutierrez is one of a new generation of Zapotec master weavers who has mastered the use of aniline dyes to make some of the most stunning colors ever seen in Zapotec weavings. Many of his works are geometric variations of the saltillo diamond and mitla fret designs. His reverence for traditional design while using his own modern color and form makes this weaver’s works important and unique, honoring his indigenous heritage while creating a vital new look. This demonstration is a special opportunity for all to watch and learn from a master weaver at work.
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