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Samuel Bautista Lazo Introduction to Zapotec Rug Weaving (6/1-6/5)

Type: class

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Reservations are from the night before the first day of class thru the night after the last class. Check-in time is 4pm, check-out is 11am. You will receive Email confirmation of your reservation within 48hrs. Click for Boarding House Map

Samuel Bautista Lazo Introduction to Zapotec Rug Weaving (6/1-6/5) - Class Only is backordered and will ship as soon as it is back in stock.

(If this class is sold out and you want to be added to our waiting list; Email us at, and include your contact info and the class name and date.)

Mon 6/1/2020, 9:00 AM to Fri 6/5/2020, 4:00 PM

Samuel grew up in the Zapotec way of life: weaving rugs, herding goats, sheep and cattle in the foothills of Xiguiea; planting corn in the summer with the feather dance and harvesting it after Dia de Muertos in November.

In his own journey of self-discovery, Samuel has revisited his people’s written history from an indigenous perspective and is here to share with us how the Central Valley of Oaxaca became one of the cradles of civilization. Through the patterns and symbols woven into Benizaá rugs Samuel communicates the deep understanding of the human spirit and its connectedness to heaven and earth.

In this class students will be introduced to the traditional techniques and motifs traditionally used in weaving Benizaá rugs. Students will make a small sampler using wool warp and Peace Fleece yarns. 

Samuel talks about ancient history in an engaging way because he believes that we live in a time where modern society should redirect its path and re-root the current production and consumption system in ancestral wisdom. Having done research and obtained his PhD in Sustainable manufacturing at the University of Liverpool, Samuel went back to his family’s weaving workshop to preserve his weaving heritage and maintain the delicate balance with mother earth.

Samuel invites everyone to reconnect to their own ancestral lineages and find the thread that unite us all in the tapestry of life.

Since 1971, we have sponsored workshops to give students the opportunity to study with exceptional instructors in the relaxed atmosphere of this unique village. Our workshops are held on the second floor of the Bethuel Harris Mill which sits at the end of the canal overlooking the mill pond and originally operated on water-power. This beautiful brick building was built in the 1830’s as a spinning mill for locally raised wools and it now houses our retail shop on the first floor and provides excellent studio space for our students on the second floor. It is relished for its sunlit windows, fresh air and tranquility. In order to create the atmosphere of a working studio rather than a classroom, we limit enrollment in our workshops. Most classes meet daily from 9 am to 4 pm; however, the studio is open to students 24 hours a day while class is in session. During the 5 day classes, students will have the opportunity to tour our spinning mill and listen to a talk on the history of Harrisville. Yarn and other materials for the workshops are usually included in the tuition unless otherwise noted.
Withdrawal/Refund Policy: Tuition includes a non-refundable $50.00 registration fee for each workshop. Students who must withdraw have 5 weeks prior to class for a full tuition refund less the registration fee. After this date all payments are non-refundable.
or call us: 603-827-3996 Tuesday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm
While taking a class, students receive a 10% discount on non-sale items
in our store, including our floor looms