Weaving Demonstration with Master Zapotec Weaver, Florentino Gutierrez

Florentino, Susanna, Eloisa and Hugo
Florentino, Susanna Starr (owner), Eloisa and Hugo
photo © John Lamkin

 

During the annual Taos Wool Festival Master Zapotec weaver Florentino Gutierrez will be demonstrating weaving in Starr Interiors’ historic courtyard

Saturday October 4th from noon to 4 pm and Sunday October 5th from 10 am to 2 pm

Oaxacan hot chocolate will be served.

You can also view a photo show from Susanna Starr and John Lamkin’s new book, Our Interwoven Lives with the Zapotec Weavers: An Odyssey of the Heart. Copies of the book will be for sale at the gallery. Florentino is featured prominently in the book. He will be glad to sign your copy.

A Taste of Oaxaca in Taos, New Mexico: Master Zapotec Weaver, Florentino Gutierrez, Gives Weaving Demonstration

A Taste of Oaxaca in Taos, New Mexico: Master Zapotec Weaver, Florentino Gutierrez, Gives Weaving Demonstration

A Taste of Oaxaca in Taos, New Mexico: Master Zapotec Weaver, Florentino Gutierrez, Gives Weaving Demonstration
A Taste of Oaxaca in Taos, New Mexico: Master Zapotec Weaver, Florentino Gutierrez, Gives Weaving Demonstration ©John Lamkin

Florentino Gutierrez, noted weaver of Zapotec handmade rugs, will be giving a weaving demonstration showing the traditional way of the centuries old Zapotec Indian weaving technique Saturday and Sunday, October 1st and 2nd, 2011. Starr Interiors will be hosting this special event in their historic courtyard* at 117 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos, New Mexico two doors south of the Taos Inn.

*The courtyard of casa Las Golondrinas, the home and studio (1906-1909) of founding member and first president of the Taos Society of Artists, E.I Couse.

Couse Courtyard Circa 1907 now Starr Interiors
Couse Courtyard Circa 1907 now Starr Interiors - courtesy Couse Foundation

We will be preparing and serving traditional Oaxacan hot chocolate, a delicious blend of hand ground chocolate, cinnamon and sugar, beat to a frothy mixture and traditionally served at all important Zapotec events.

Florentino Gutierrez is one of a new generation of Zapotec master weavers who has perfected 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. His reverence for traditional design, while embellishing it in modern color and form, makes this weaver’s works important and unique. Honoring his indigenous heritage, but creating a vital new look executed with the finest of detail make this     demonstration a special opportunity for all to watch a master weaver at work.

Starr Interiors owner, Susanna Starr, has had a close relationship with the weaver and his family for more than thirty five years. The entire collection of his weavings will be on special sale during the weekend event.

A Taste of Oaxaca in Taos, New Mexico: Master Zapotec Weaver, Florentino Gutierrez, Gives Weaving Demonstration with his cousin Hugo
A Taste of Oaxaca in Taos, New Mexico: Master Zapotec Weaver, Florentino Gutierrez, Gives Weaving Demonstration with his cousin Hugo (at the loom) ©John Lamkin

Events at Starr Interiors – Book Signing & Weaving Demonstration

Father Bill & Mirabai Starr signing "Mother of God; Similar to Fire" at Starr Interiors, Taos, New Mexico
Father Bill & Mirabai Starr signing "Mother of God; Similar to Fire" at Starr Interiors

People were lined up from one end to the other of the Starr Gallery room at Starr Interiors, Taos on Friday night (Sept. 24th) as Mirabai Starr and Father William McNichols (Father Bill) signed their newly released book Mother of God; Similar to Fire*.

This exquisite book, a collaboration between both author and artist, presents a selection of the icons of Father Bill’s with Mirabai’s accompanying reflections. The book is dedicated to the Feminine represented by Mary, Mother of God since she transcends any religious boundaries, but represents the Mother as she appears to all people in all cultures.

It was a beautiful and joyous occasion at Starr Interiors with both old friends and new, members of the community and visitors, milling around the courtyard, sampling the delicious, beautifully-presented food prepared by the School of Culinary Arts of the University of New Mexico at Taos.

While the folks who had purchased their copies of the book waited in line to have their books signed, Mirabai read from the reflections and Father Bill spoke of the message of Mary as the Universal Mother and noted singer/songwriter Jenny Bird sang her beautiful and stirring rendition of Ave Maria. What a lot of love and affection poured through the gallery!

Florentino at loom in Starr Interior's courtyard
Florentino at loom in Starr Interior's courtyard

The next weekend event (October 2nd and 3rd) was just as successful – the annual visit by master weaver Florentino Gutierrez and his associate Hugo Gonzales. While they did weaving demonstrations on the traditional Zapotec loom in Starr Interior’s courtyard, Florentino’s wife, Eloisa, prepared and served delicious Oaxacan hot chocolate. This event coincided with the annual Taos Wool Festival.

*Mother of God; Similar to Fire is available from Starr Interiors of through Mirabai’s website.

A Taste of Oaxaca in Taos, New Mexico: Master Zapotec Weaver, Florentino Gutierrez Gives Weaving Demonstration

Florentino Gutierrez Master Zapotec Indian Weaver
Florentino Gutierrez Master Zapotec Indian Weaver ©John Lamkin

Florentino Gutierrez, noted weaver of Zapotec handmade rugs, will be giving a weaving demonstration showing the traditional way of the centuries old Zapotec Indian weaving technique Saturday and Sunday, October 2nd and 3rd, 2010. Starr Interiors will be hosting this special event in their courtyard at 117-119 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos, New Mexico two doors south of the historic Taos Inn.
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