NEW WORKSHOPS: Indian Embroidery, Bandhani Dyeing

NEW WORKSHOPS opened this month!

Master artisans Jabbar Khatri and Asif Shaikh will join us in Oaxaca to demonstrate and teach unique Indian dyeing processes and embroidery techniques.

 3 Half-Day Workshop with Asif Shaikh: “Indian Embroidery: Aari and Shisha

11/12 – 11/14 | 9:00 – 12:30 | CASA | $275 (+$25 materials fee)

This workshop will provide an introduction to two Indian fine embroidery techniques. Use the aari hooked needle to create aari embroidery as practiced in the royal courts of the Mughal empire, building beautiful expressions of color and line from repeated fine chain stitches in silk thread. Learn to cut your own decorative mirrors and affix them using a variety of stitches to create your own interpretation of the unique art of shisha (also called “mirror-work” or abla) embroidery.

Born in Ahmedabad, a city renowned for its rich culture and textile heritage, Asif Shaikh took up needle and thread at the age of ten when embroidery was rarely pursued by young boys. As he perfected his stitches, he would try to recreate the motifs of old embroideries in all their fine and lavish detail. As years passed, his engagement with the beautiful world of embroidery became stronger and his practice and technical insight deeper. Asif has revived historical embroideries for organizations such as UNESCO Parzor, and runs his own artisan studio in Ahmedabad.

3 Half-Day Workshop with Jabbar Khatri: “Bandhani: Indian Tie-Resist Dyeing”

11/12 – 11/14 | 14:00 – 17:30 | CASA | $275 (+$30 materials fee)

Bandhani (from the Sanskrit word banda, “to tie”) dyeing, mainly practiced in Gujarat and Rajasthan, involves a number of refined processes from design to tracing to tying. Learn the basics of bandhani from a renowned artisan of a new generation who will guide you through the possibilities for dimensional transformation and original design within a traditional art form.

Jabbar Khatri belongs to the Khatri community of skilled dyers who have practiced their traditional art since the 4th century, their historical production including tie- and paste-resist dyeing, block printing, and silk-screening. Although Jabbar’s family was not involved in textile work (his great-grandfather produced fireworks for the royal family, his grandfather was in the bicycle business, and his father was a banker), Jabbar independently pursued the Khatri textile tradition and continues to sustain his community’s ancient skills through his teaching and textile designs.


To view details of these and other 10iss events, view the 10iss Program Schedule.

Asif and Jabbar will be demonstrating their craft at Museo de Filatelia de Oaxaca on 11/17 between 14:00 – 16:00. This event is free and open to all.
Photo Courtesy: The Centre for Craft Creativity and Design, The Islamic Monthly

Few spaces remain on 10iss Tours!

There are only a few remaining spaces on the 10iss tours around the Oaxaca region! Each tour is limited in capacity to provide the best possible experience for both the travelers and the communities we are visiting. Make sure to register for your space while you can!

10 ISS PreT2_003 Pre-Symposium Tour 2: Woven Crossroads: Textiles from the Center of Oaxaca – 4 spaces remaining
November 8th – 14th (7 days, 7 nights)
Tour Price: $1790.00 > Deposit: $450.00
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Pre-Symposium Tour 3: Nuu Savi, Textiles of the Mixteca – 1 space remaining
November 10th – 14th (5 days, 5 nights)
Tour Price: $1175.00 > Deposit: $430.00
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Post-Symposium Tour 6: Velvet Flowers: Embroidered Blouses & the Finest Cotton of the Isthmus – 4 spaces remaining
November 21st – 24th (4 days, 4 nights)
Tour Price: $1190.00 > Deposit: $440.00
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Oaxacan Paper Workshops


We are happy to spotlight traditional Oaxacan studios and workshops that give you a chance to delve into craft of  paper making and binding.

Taller Arte Papel Vista Hermosa (TAPVH) at CASA is a artisanal handmade paper and paper jewelry studio. Founded by Mexican artist Francisco Toledo in 1998 as a cooperative, it works with local community and utilises bark, plants, flowers, cotton, hemp, silk, linen and pieces of shiny mica – renewable resources and local materials free of chemicals. The workshop is working to become a self-sustaining business, where the surplus money is invested in reforestation , nurseries and educational and cultural programs for the community. In addition, there will be an exhibition at the adjoining gallery, featuring artist Kiff Slemmons, titled Kiff Slemmons and Arte Papel Vista Hermosa – Joyeria y Papel: Una Colaboración, which will be on view during the symposium November 11-December 11, 2016. 

El Artesano Taller de Papel (EATP)

EATP is a paper-making studio located 10-15 minutes walking distance from Centro de las Artes in San Agustín. The studio, managed by Eric Ramírez Castellanos, offers guided tours and all-day workshops.

For workshop details, fees and FAQs, please click here.