Backstrap Loom Master Artisan Workshop

Dates: Thu, April 30–Sunday, May 3, 2015

Hours: 10–4pm, with an hour for a catered lunch

Location: Boiler Room SF

Cost: $450, all materials included

The backstrap loom is one of the primary tools of indigenous weaving in Mexico. Some of history’s most beautiful and complex textiles have been woven on this very simple, portable, inexpensive system in which a strap is placed around the weaver’s body to hold the warp in tension. Learn more about the loom and process here and here.

This is an extensive, in-depth four-day workshop taught by Cecilia Gómez Diaz and Margarita López Hernández, two master weavers from Chiapas, Mexico. Working in the Boiler Room, you will create textiles based on the brocading techniques of traditional Maya icons from San Andres Larrainzar and Zinacantan. These textiles can then become part of a garment, or can be displayed as art. In addition, you will receive a backstrap loom to take home and use.

This is a workshop that's much more about acquiring skills: it's a true cultural experience where you'll be deeply immersed into almost-forgotten traditions and new ways of thinking.

Basic weaving skills helpful but not required.