Natural Dyes for Textiles

GARDEN LECTURE SERIES
Remigio Mestas

Our guest speaker this month has been involved with weaving since the age of seven.  A native of Yalalag, Villa Hidalgo in the State of Oaxaca, Remigio emigrated to the capital of Oaxaca with his family when he was four years old. His mother wove on a backstrap loom and used a sewing machine, while his father made shirts and muslin trousers. In 1978 he opened a high quality textile shop while attending junior high school, and beginning to create woodcarvings and in 1996, Remigio earned a degree in accounting. 

But his passion remained weaving and Remigio sought out only the most beautiful, unique textiles to sell in his shop, and began to build a clientele interested in purchasing exquisite handcrafted pieces made with only the finest materials, including those made with natural dyes. He began to dye yarn and provide them to weavers, and in this way a new era for Oaxaca textiles began.

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Remigio is a master who enjoys teaching customers about the qualities and intricacies of each textile. In 2006, Remigio opened a shop in San Miguel on Recreo called “Juana Cata”.  Textiles from Juana Cata have been featured in books, magazines and TV documentaries internationally and are treasured acquisitions of museums and collectors from around the world.

In this presentation Remigio will show us and explain about the plants and animals used in making natural dyes for Mexican textiles and the meaning of the motifs in the designs. There will also be 2 weavers from Buena Vista Tepamtepec who will demonstrate the ancient technique of backstrap weaving. The talk will be in Spanish with simultaneous translation.

Please reserve a space at nzerriffi@yahoo.com.  Members of El Charco pay 70pesos, non-members 100pesos.

 


PLÁTICA DEL MES

Impartida por Rodrigo Mestas, nativo indígenas de Yalalag, Villa Hidalgo, Oaxaca. Residente en la capital de estado desde niño, donde aprendió el arte del tejido de su madre, Remigio abrió en 1978 una tienda de textiles mientras cursaba estudios, entre ellos de grabado. Apasionado por los textiles de alta calidad, fue atrayendo con los años a una clientela conocedora y comenzó a interesarse en los tintes naturales, al punto de teñir el mismo las lanas y proveerlas a los tejedores indígenas. De esta manera, una nueva era comenzó para los textiles oaxaqueños.

Remigio es hoy un maestro que goza mostrando a sus clientes las cualidades y detalles de cada textil. En 2006 abrió un tienda en San Miguel, en la calle de Recreo, llamada “Juana Cata”. Los textiles de esta tienda aparecen en libros, revistas y videos, y sus piezas figuran en museos y acervos de coleccionistas a nivel mundial.

En esta presentación, Remigio nos hablará de las plantas y animales empleados para producir tintes naturales para los textiles mexicanos, así como de sus motivos y diseños. Con él estarán dos tejedoras de Buena Vista Tepantepec, Oaxaca, quienes mostrarán la técnica ancestral del tejido de cintura. La plática será en español con traducción simultánea al inglés. 
Informes y reservaciones: nzerriffi@yahoo.com. Admisión, 100 pesos; miembros del Charco, 70 pesos.

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Friday, 27 November, 2009

Cost:

members 70p, general 100p

Contact:

Naomi Zerriffi

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El Charco del Ingenio


San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
México

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