Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 April 2021, Backstrap Weaving with Concepcion Tharin
Virtual Workshop, hosted on Zoom by Concepcion Tharin
Concepción, or Concep for short, is a Q’eqchi’ Mayan woman from the village of Samac near Cobán, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. Taught by her mother and sister to weave at age eight, she has mastered her local style, an intricate gauze-like weave called pikb’il. Traditional back-strap weaving is one of the few sources of income for the women of her village, though each blouse takes a month to weave. By selling her textiles, Concepción was able to fund her education. With other women in her village she founded and was selected as the first president of the village’s first women’s weaver cooperative. As such she helped start an association of artists and artisans of all kinds from her area. With them she participated in many festivals and demonstrations around her area and her country in an effort to secure weaving as a sustainable source of income. Now living in Florida, she demonstrates and teaches backstrap weaving, bringing this ancient tradition to life for people in the U.S. Her own textiles preserve traditional designs to honour her ancestors.
She currently resides in Tarpon Springs, Florida, United States of America, and teaches classes in Mayan Back-Strap Weaving.
Outline of the workshop
During this workshop, Concepcion will guide you through weaving on a traditional Mayan back-strap loom in the style of her area in Guatemala. The workshop will start by teaching you to tie your loom and position your back-strap for comfortable weaving. Concepcion will teach you the process of weaving and by the end of the workshop, you will have completed a beautiful and delicate piece of fabric suitable for being a small table runner or a placemat, or you can leave it on the loom as a wall-hanging.
This session is open to all levels.
Materials pack includes:
Handmade Mayan back-strap loom kit. Full list of parts from top of loom to bottom (sticks are 45cm long)
- Tying cord
- 3 end bars
- 2 shed rods
- heddle rod
- 2 battens: one thick, and one thin for finishing
- Shuttle: pre-threaded
- Bamboo stretcher with thorns (30cm long)
- Back strap
Coloured rayon thread pre-warped with the weave started. Dimensions of the woven fabric when complete (55cm by 30cm).
Printed diagram of loom set-up.
Participants will need to provide:
- A secure place to tie the loom: a post, large nail or hook secured to a stud in the wall, even a tree.
- Ideally the height of where they will tie the loom should be about 115-120cm.
- A comfortable chair or stool with no armrests and no wheels.
If you require additional information about this workshop please contact Catherine Harris, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workshop Cancellation Policy
All places reserved on workshops are non refundable, however, if you let us know you are not able to make a workshop you have booked at least two weeks prior to the event, we will re-advertise your place and refund your fee as long as we are able to sell your place and the workshop is fully booked.