The Gobelin Weaving Classes at Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, Mexico

Professor Francisco Javier Cuamatzi began the gobelin tapestry weaving program at the Technical Secondary School in Dolores Hidalgo in 1961. He commissioned 20 looms and established the curriculum for two classes; beginning and advanced. Since his retirement, his son, Adán Flores Cololetzi, has continued the program. Over 250 students, ages ten through twelve, learn to design and weave each year. Three small tapestries are warped onto each loom. The warp is cotton and the weft is acrylic. Students work in teams of six; each weaving a portion of a shared tapestry during class.

 

Professor Cuamatzi currently gives private gobelin tapestry weaving classes at his home/studio in Dolores Hidalgo (left) .

For more information about the gobelin tapestry weaving classes, or to offer your support, please write (in Spanish) to :

Prof. Adán Flores Cololetzi
Escuela Secundaria Técnica #4
Delores Hidalgo
Guanajuato, Mexico

GUANAJUATO LINKS:
Ceramist, Capelo
Ceramist, Angelica Escarcega Rodriguez
Ceramist, José Luis Méndez Ortega
Guevara Ceramics
Tecpatl Ceramics
Cane baskets
Jeweler, Francisco Garcia Guevara
Tinsmithing
ARTCERA figures of Salamanca, Guanajuato
Betancourt Icons of Celaya, Guanajuato
Ikat foot-loom woven shawls of Moroleon and Uriangato, Guanajuato 
Papermaker, Margarita Orozco Ramirez, of San Miguel, Guanajuato
Wood carver, Fernando Giron Pantoja, of Apaseo el Alto, Guanajuato
Toba Sashes of Argentina with Pickup Motif

OTHER LINKS: 
National Gobelin Tapestry Factory in Paris, France
Backstrap Weaving School at Santa Maria del Rio, Mexico
Backstrap Woven Shawls of Esperanza Valencia Morra of Morelia
Foot-Loom Weaving in Central Mexico
Los Leñateros Papermaking, Printmaking, and Book Arts Studio
Jakaltek Maya Backstrap Weaving

Shibori in Kyoto, Japan  
Katazome (stencil dying) in Kyoto, Japan

Tapestry Crochet 
Adinkra in Ntonso, Ghana
Ashanti Kente Weaving in Bonwire, Ghana
Ashanti Kente Weaving in Adawomase, Ghana
Ewe Kente Cloth Weaving in Denu, Ghana 
Painting and Baskets of Sirigu, Ghana    

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