Posted on 2nd Mar 2017
Yesterday, was our day long Embroidery Workshop. This is the third workshop that we have taught in Guatemala in the last six months. Our only regret is that we had only one day. Look carefully at the new embroideries. The artisan women have progressed at an amazingly fast pace.
We started out the day making the paper doll pattern by folding a piece of paper and drawing half the shape and cutting it out. To make copies of the pattern we held the pattern up to the window and traced a copy.
Then it was time for the artisans to share their homework with the class. Their assignment was to draw 15 different men and women wearing traditional Guatemalan dress – traje. They were challenged to put as much detail into each drawing as possible. We noticed that the embroidered dolls that they made using the patterns were more detailed than the original pencil drawings.
“They seem to be more comfortable drawing with thread than with pencils,” explained Cultural Cloth’s Mary Anne Wise, who is the lead teacher. “The drawings turned into very sophisticated designs when embroidered.”
As always, the artisans filled the room with laughter and chatter as they cut, sewed and stuffed their dolls. The women artisans enjoyed the change of routine and a chance to get together and learn from each other.
The "new product development" workshop was a success. Everyone learned and had fun. You could feel the energy and enthusiasm. Take a look at the detail of the bags. Sturdy and beautiful.
The workshop with Mary Flanagan, Cultural Cloth and the Multicolores is coming to an end. As Always the artisans enjoyed their time together. It is a respite for them to be away from their daily routines. The baskets and footstool are amazing. We plan to show them to the group coming on the Rug Hooking Tour and [...]
Greetings from Panajachel Guatemala! We are back in Guatemala to help with a “product development” workshop for the artisans of Multicolores, the NGO here in Guatemala that supports and develops the women artisans. The workshop is being led by our friend Mary Flanagan, a textile artisan who is also a brilliant product designer. Mary is that [...]
In late March Cultural Cloth will travel to Morocco where we plan to meet the artisans that we have corresponded with over the years and we have a long list of new artisans that we would like to meet who will be able to supply us with the handmade rugs you have been asking about. [...]
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This fall I have been co-leading a project to teach embroidery to a new group of women who live near Panajachel Guatemala. It has been an amazing experience for me and the home have learned so much. Here are some of photos of the women and their work:
One of the most wonderful things I have done this year is to partner with Reyna Pretzantzin, director of Multicolores, and Sarah Brown, an embroidery artist in the UK and founder of St Luce Stitch, to teach a new group of Guatemalan women embroidery and to guide them to develop items that they can sell to make [...]
The following is an insiders accounting of the recent Embroidery Workshop in Guatemala as told by the teacher, Mary Anne Wise, Founder of Cultural Cloth.The primary objective of this workshop is to coalesce as a group. Therefore, to start with, we talk about what makes a good teacher, what makes a good student, what are our mutual responsibilities. [...]
At Cultural Cloth a crucial part of our mission is to help our sister artisans around the world develop better ways to support their families. Over the years we’ve talked about our rug-hooking project in Guatemala which began with a single weekend long workshop in 2009. Believing in the economic potential of this technique we co-founded Multicolores, a Guatemalan based non-profit [...]