IN-PERSON WORKSHOP: Natural Dyeing with Cochineal

IN-PERSON WORKSHOP: Natural Dyeing with Cochineal

Sunday, October 24, 2021

taught by Zapotec textile artist Porfirio Gutiérrez

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., at Mission Garden in Tucson
During this six-hour, in-person workshop, participants will learn about the Zapotec tradition of natural dyeing with plants and the insect, cochineal. Participants will leave with a wool scarf they have dyed with cochineal. 

Porfirio Gutiérrez was born and raised in the Zapotec textile community of Teotitlán del Valle in Oaxaca, Mexico. As a young boy, he learned the ancient traditions of weaving and natural dyeing from his parents. Today, he lives and works in both Oaxaca and Ventura, California. While others find conflict between the ancient ways and modern world, Gutiérrez is inspired by it. His artwork embodies the convergence of the two worlds, where his soul dwells.

His life’s work has been reviving and preserving traditional Zapotec natural-dyeing techniques, with a focus on reinterpreting traditional textile designs and materials. His artistic practice is guided by a profound spiritual belief that nature is a living being, which is sacred and to be honored. By using natural materials and simplified imagery that has evolved from his Indigenous traditions and urban life, Gutiérrez seeks to impart a tactile sense of order and peace. 

His family’s pigments are in the Harvard Pigment Library and Porfirio’s textiles are in private and museum collections.


$325 per person
10% discount to ASM members, Mission Garden docents, UA/PCC students
Amount paid over $225 is a tax-deductible donation to ASM
Limited to 12 participants

To register, contact Darlene Lizarraga at or 520-626-8381.

This workshop is presented in collaboration with Mission Garden and in celebration of the exhibit, Wrapped in Color: Legacies of the Mexican Sarape, showing August 24, 2021 through July 2022.

Image: Porfirio Gutiérrez. Photograph by Joe Coca, courtesy Thrums Books, an imprint of Schiffer Publications

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