Learning to See LessonTraditional WeavingInspired by Porfirio Gutiérrez

The weaving lesson inspired by Porfirio Gutiérrez provides students with concepts that go far beyond learning how to weave. Additional lessons about botanical contour line drawing, creating natural dyes and indigenous symbols help them to understand that every step of creating a weaving is related to the Zapotec way of life, like many indigenous cultures, of living in harmony with the earth.

As students prepare their cardboard looms and begin to weave, they gain an appreciation for the dedication it takes to create a weaving. Fine motor skills are honed, individual color sensibilities are expressed, and patience is rewarded as they weave row by row. Many students feel an instant connection to this lesson as they and their families have similar experiences to Porfirio.