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Preserving Zapotec Weaving Practices

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 6:00pm - 7:00pm


Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge



Event Description:

Gazette Classification: Art/Design,Lecture Organization/Sponsor:
Presented by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.
Speaker(s): <strong>Porfirio Gutiérrez</strong><br /><em>Zapotec
Master Dyer and Textile Artist</em> Cost: Free and open to the public.
Contact Info: 617-496-1027 Link:
Porfirio Gutiérrez, Zapotec Master Dyer and Textile Artist The town of
Teotitlán Del Valle in the Mexican state of Oaxaca is renowned for its
weaving traditions and its importance as a Zapotec cultural center.
Porfirio Gutiérrez will examine the rich history of Zapotec weaving
from the perspective of its practitioners. He will also discuss his
studio's role in preserving and promoting the use of natural dyes in
his community, and abroad, using pigments derived from plants and
insects. Porfirio Gutiérrez was born and raised in the Zapotec textile
community of Teotitlán del Valle in Oaxaca, Mexico where he began to
weave when he was 12 years old. His early training in traditional
Zapotec designs forms the foundation for his fine art textiles that
are now in demand by museums and private collectors. The story of his
art has been told in publications such as the New York Times and
videos broadcast on PBS, as well as a documentary funded by the
Smithsonian Institution. In 2015 Gutiérrez was selected by the
Smithsonian Institution to be one of only four artists in the Western
hemisphere to participate in their prestigious Artist Leadership
Program. A selection of the Gutiérrez family dye materials was
documented and added to the Harvard Art Museums' Forbes Pigment
Collection, the world-renowned archive of artist materials. His vision
is to educate and share the rich textile arts of his culture while
sustaining traditional practices for future generations.
Free event parking at the 52 Oxford St. Garage Presented by the
Peabody Museum of Archaeology &amp; Ethnology. Visit
peabody.harvard.edu for information on wool-dyeing workshops with
Porfirio Gutiérrez on May 18–19, 2019 Share the event on Facebook:
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wool-dyeing workshops with Porfirio Gutiérrez on May 18 and May 19:



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Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 18:00 to 19:00



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