Cochineal Insect Dyeing • March 29 – 31, 10 am – 4 pm • Porfirio Gutiérrez; SOLD OUT

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Porfirio Gutiérrez, Guest Teaching Artist

3 days • March 29 – 31, 2024

10 am – 4 pm, daily


Nonmembers: $600, Members: $540

Payment plans and scholarships available. For questions, reach out to Cristin McKnight Sethi:

To apply for a scholarship, please fill out the Textile Center Scholarship Application.

Join us in welcoming Porfirio Gutiérrez to Textile Center for two special workshops on the weaving and dyeing traditions of Oaxaca.

Porfirio comes from the Zapotec weaving traditions and uses his work to communicate the deep spiritual dimensions and integrity of his ancestors. In this 3-day Cochineal Insect Dyeing workshop, Porfirio will share his knowledge of transforming nature into color. Learn how natural dye materials are informed by the soil, climate, water, heat and vessels they are dyed in. Explore the science and chemistry of the sacred cochineal insects, and how to manage the PH and acidity in the beautiful red hue they create.

Porfirio will lead participants through a step-by-step exploration of how to use Cochineal insects as dye, including extracting the maximum color possible, preparing the wool yarns to be dyed, dyeing and overdyeing processes, as well as finishing techniques needed to achieve an even, deep color. Porfirio will also devote time to share the spiritual understanding of cochineal insects and how this relates to color and ceremonies in his native Oaxaca. All levels welcome.

Materials fee is $40, payable to the instructor at the time of class.

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Use your freshly dyed wool to weave a Tapestry in Maestro Porfirio’s second workshop:

On April 2 – 6,  Porfirio will lead a second workshop: Tapestry Weaving in the Zapotec Tradition

Info for out-of-town guests:

For our out of town guests, nearby accommodations are available with our partner hotel, Hampton Inn and Suites, University Ave. in Minneapolis.  For the special Textile Center rate and more info, visit our website here:

Instructor Bio:

Porfirio Gutiérrez is a Contemporary Zapotec American textile artist based in Ventura, California. He comes from a long line of traditional Zapotec weavers, and his art practice remains dedicated to the deep knowledge and spiritual dimensions of his ancestors. He uses traditional Zapotec knowledge of dyes and materials and reinterprets Zapotec weaving language to create pieces that speak to his creative vision of the complexity of the Americas.

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Withdrawal Policy

If your notice of withdrawal is received at least 2 weeks before the early bird deadline for this workshop, you will receive a 50% refund of your workshop fee. Due to the scheduling nature of these classes and arrangements for instructors, no refunds are available after that. We will be happy to provide you with a receipt for your donation to Textile Center for any forfeited tuition. Please make this request in writing to

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