$175 per student includes loom and materials
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In this workshop we will cover the most basic but complete backstrap weaving technique, which will result in a plain-weave cloth and the knowledge of weaving principles that will help in further weaving practices that the student wishes to pursue. The students will not only take home the loom and the woven sample, but a sense of heritage and spirituality that the loom evokes.
Day one will be spent creating the warp and setting up the loom, and will include a brief presentation of the history of the Mexican rebozo made in a backstrap loom and a physical demonstration on an already-set up loom.
Day two will cover a range of plain weave techniques, with individual attention to each student.
Loom and basic materials will are included in the workshop fee, and students will keep the backstrap loom to complete future projects. Students may wish to bring additional fibers to add to their weavings.
This class meets in the Sulfur Studios 2nd floor Annex and is stair access only. There will be a lunch break each day.
The backstrap loom technology is a masterpiece of the human kind because with only six sticks, wonderful and intricate woven cloth can be achieved, due to the complexity of the technique. In México it is not only part of the cultural richness but it is also considered an “extension of the female body”, since women weave an attire during the 9 months that preganancy lasts. Men have also contributed to the weaving tradition, taking in proudly the ethnic background that originated the backstrap loom.
Ana Guraieb is a fiber artist from México City, México. She earned her B.F.A Degree in Graphic Design from Universidad Iberoamericana, México, and she is currently pursuing her M.F.A in Fibers at Savannah College of Art and Design. She is passionate about weaving and other textile techniques, which she uses as ways to construct and express her own life experiences.