BACKSTRAP WEAVING with Louie Garcia / April 28th & 29th, 2012
Often dismissed as a simple loom, the backstrap loom should not be underestimated. As one of the oldest tools used by ancient cultures to produce a wide range of fabrics, the backstrap loom is one of, if not the, most versatile looms you will ever learn to use! Its storability and portability make it the ideal loom for those who want to weave but just do not have the room for a larger stationary loom. The possibilities are endless once you learn the basics of weaving on a backstrap loom. The earliest looms used among the Pueblos of the Southwest were backstrap looms. We invite you to experience the simple complexities of backstrap weaving with talented fiber artist, Louie García. Louie García is Tiwa and Piro of the southern Pueblos of Socorro del Sur and Ysleta del Sur from the El Paso, Texas area. He began learning the art of Pueblo weaving from his grandfather as a young boy and teaches with the hope that future generations of Pueblo people will carry on this ancient art. Another of Louie’s goals is to share the basic techniques with a larger audience in an effort to inform, promote, and create appreciation for this ancient art. He uses a variety of materials, including his own home-grown cotton, wool, feathers, and natural plant fibers such as yucca as well as synthetic fibers for traditional Pueblo spinning, weaving, knitting, crochet and embroidery work.
When/Time: Saturday – Sunday, April 28-29; 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Where: Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center