BACKSTRAP WEAVING OF POZAHUANCOS: A PRESENTATION BY STEFFENIE KIRKPATRICK
The pozahuanco (also called a nahua) is a traditional wrap skirt worn by the Mixtec women of western Oaxaca, Mexico. It is woven on a backstrap looms
in stripes of blue, purple and scarlet. In its original traditional form, a Mixtec pozahuanco is woven of cotton dyed dark blue with indigo and purple with shellfish, and silk that has been dyed scarlet with cochineal. Today, women also use commercially dyed and spun yarn, but most are still woven by hand on backstrap looms. On a trip to Oaxaca, Steffenie was fortunate to observe, and in some cases participate, in all the phases of fiber production, dyeing, and weaving that ultimately produce a pozahuanco.
The March 9 Guild meeting will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
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