Porfirio will also be teaching a 2-day Zapotec natural dye workshop at West County Fiber Arts on August 18-19, and you will find more details and enrollment information here.
Please enjoy a gallery of Porfirio's work below.
He will be bringing similar pieces to sell on August 19th. All proceeds are shared by the family. All weavings made by the family have a letter of authenticity that includes a list of natural dyes used in each piece and instructions on how to care for naturally-dyed weavings.
We are honored to host master weaver Porfirio Gutiérrez at West County Fiber Arts, where he will be presenting a trunk show of his weavings and a presentation on Zapotec culture on August 19th, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public. (Location information)
Porfirio Gutiérrez and his family are masters of traditional Zapotec weaving and the creative skills associated with their fine art. They have descended from centuries of weavers and have no reason to doubt that their ancestors were weaving in pre-Columbian times. Their village, Teotitlán del Valle in Oaxaca, has been famous for the art of weaving for centuries.
It is Porfirio's passionate goal to preserve the family's traditional art and inherited Zapotec weaving techniques. The hope is that the centuries of their rich Zapotec culture is also their legacy to their descendants because it defines them as a family.
In an effort to find appreciation for their art and enough financial validation to sustain it, Porfirio has emigrated to the United States where he exhibits, gives educational lectures, weaving & natural dye demonstrations, and hands-on workshops.
West County Fiber Arts Location
Although the street address is 3787 Ross Road, Sebastopol, CA 95472, you will need to turn onto Falcon Lane and drive past a few houses, until you find us on the right side of the lane. Look for a large wooden house with green trim. There is parking in the pasture area through the gate to the right as you enter the driveway.