Maximo Laura Tapestry Workshop

8-Day Workshop In the City of Cuzco
(World Heritage Centre)


 

A weaving adventure in acestral city Cuzco, Peru

Join Award Winning Textile Artist, Maximo Laura, and his team of Master Weavers on an 8 day tapestry weaving course designed for weavers with every level of experience, to learn the process and techniques used by Maximo Laura.

This workshop is being organized by the studio of Maximo Laura and Paola Laura (Maximo Laura’s daughter) who will be your host and teacher during this event.

about maximo laura

where

The workshop will take place in the historical city of Cuzco, Peru. We have decided to organize the workshop in Cuzco because it is a fascinating host city to explore, specially if you are a textile lover! Cusco has beautiful archeological sites (inside the city and in the surrounding areas), museums and wonderful places to explore for textiles, folk art and history, all while walking in some of the same spaces built by the Incas.

On the first day, while your teachers are setting up the looms, you will be going on a city tour to get familiarized with Cusco and its wonderful streets, galleries, shops and cafes. We will show you the artisan neighborhood of Cusco and share with our our favorite spots for art, crafts and textiles. Since your evenings during the workshop are free, you can always walk back to your favorite places and explore this fascinating city on your own.

The workshop will take place from October 1 – 2, 2020. 

how does it work?

This workshop is designed to adapt to the experience of each participant, as you will have the personal hand of Maximo Laura assisting the group during the workshop, along with three Master Weavers, Jim Laura, Richar Laura and Paola Laura.

It is open for beginners, intermediate and advanced weavers. Although it is not a requirement, we recommend participants to have basic previous experience on a loom, to be able to take more advantage of this workshop.

The Master Weavers will be with you throughout all of the workshop.

On the last day of the workshop, we will organize a special exhibition with all the completed pieces, sharing the last day with Maestro Laura and receiving your certificate for completion of the workshop. You will be able to take your piece with you at no additional cost!

During this workshop you will learn:

  • Design: The process used by Maestro Laura to design his works, as well the considerations and challenges while designing and making cartoons in tapestry
  • Technology: The technology involved in the design part of the process
  • Color: How to prepare the colors and the technique to obtain optical effects and blend colors in materials
  • Texture: How to use different techniques simultaneously on the weave

During this workshop you will learn 8 base techniques, that with its variations, add up to 12 different techniques:

itinerary

Day 1?: Arriving to Cusco

We will pick you up from the Cusco airport and take you to your accommodation in the city of Cusco.

Day 1: City tour of Cusco.

We will explore:

  • San Blas Neighborhood – The artisan neighborhood of Cusco
  • The Cathedral
  • The Qoricancha Temple (an imponent Inca temple in the middle of Cusco)
  • The Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco

Everything is just a few blocks from our hotel so you can walk back to your favorite places explore some more on your own during the week

Day 2: Full Day of Workshop

Day 3: Full Day of Workshop

Day 4: Full Day of Workshop

Day 5: Full Day of Workshop

Day 6: Full Day of Workshop

Day 7: Full Day of Workshop

Day 8: Full Day of Workshop

Finishing and cleaning process of your piece. Exibition of final works at the end of the day.

Day 9: Departure. We will take you from your accommodation in Cusco to the airport for your departure.

 

workshop day schedule

7:00 am – 8:00 am: Breakfast

8:00 am – 10:00 am: Workshop

10:00 am – 10:30 am: Coffee Break

10:30 am – 12:00 am: Workshop

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Workshop

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Coffee Break

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Workshop

Price

We have created 3 different plans, designed to be flexible to the desires of each participant.

 

Plan 1: tapestry workshop

Price: US$ 1,500

This plan doesn’t include accommodation and it is design for those who would like to choose where to stay. There are people that have been to Cusco before and have their favorite spots, or others who would like to choose their hotel, so in this plan, each participant can coordinate their accommodation and walk to the workshop space in the morning. Cusco is a small city and most of the hotels are in the historical center where everything is within a walkable distance.

this Plan includes

  • Transportation to and from the Cusco airport upon arrival and departure
  • City Tour of Cusco with a private, english speaking guide
  • A total of 56 hours of weaving time
  • A personal vertical loom and cartoon to be used during the workshops 
  • The yarn required to weave your piece
  • The final tapestry woven during the workshop
  • Coffee and Tea breaks twice a day

does not include

  • Accommodation for the time of the workshop
  • Flight from Lima-Cusco and Cusco-Lima is not included, but if you would like us to help you coordinate them, let us know and we’ll be happy to assist you at no extra cost.
  • Personal tranportation during your time in Peru
  • Meals and snacks (apart from the snaks given during the coffee breaks)

 

Plan #2: workshop + accommodation

Price: US$ 1,980

This plan includes your accommodation for 9 nights. The workshop will be organized at the beautiful “Xima Hotel”, located in the historical center of Cusco so since we are organizing the event there, they have given us a special rate that we are happy to transfer it to you as well. We found this option very practical, you will probably want to spend your free time in Cusco exploring the city so not having to walk from other hotels to the workshop is a plus.

this Plan includes

  • Transportation to and from the Cusco airport upon arrival and departure
  • 9 Nights at the Xima Hotel (shared accommodation)
  • City Tour of Cusco with a private, english speaking guide
  • A total of 56 hours of weaving time
  • A personal vertical loom and cartoon to be used during the workshops 
  • The yarn required to weave your piece
  • The final tapestry woven during the workshop
  • Coffee and Tea breaks twice a day

does not include

  • Flight from Lima-Cusco and Cusco-Lima is not included, but if you would like us to help you coordinate them, let us know and we’ll be happy to assist you at no extra cost.
  • Personal tranportation during your time in Peru
  • Meals and snacks (apart from the snaks given during the coffee breaks and breakfasts, which are included in your accommodation)

 

Plan #3: workshop + accommodation + tour

Price: US$ 3,600

 

This plan includes a total of 14 days and 13 nights. We will pick you at the Cusco airport and take you to the Xima Hotel. On the following day you will be going on the City Tour of Cusco and then have the 7 days of workshop.

After the workshop, you will go on a 4 day adventure to visit Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, the archeological sites of Pisaq, Moray, Ollantaytambo and a day of hands-on natural dyes workshop with the ladies of the town of Chincheros, at the outskirts of Cusco. 

Day to Day Itinerary:

  1. Arrival Lima
  2. Exploring Lima: Craft store, Casa de Aliaga,  Amano Museum
  3. Travel from Lima to Cusco: Visit the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco
  4. Explore Cusco’s Art Scene: San Blas artisan neighborhood and cook your own meal!
  5. Sacred Valley of the Incas: Meet the locals: llamas, alpacas and vicunas, oh my!; Pisaq ruins and market
  6. Sacred Valley of the Incas:  Dye Workshop: Colors of the Andes
  7. Sacred Valley of the Incas: Visit to remote weaving communities with Threads of Peru
  8. Ollantaytambo and travel to Machu Picchu
  9. Machu Picchu and travel to Cusco
  10. Cusco, a free day to explore
  11. Return home

You can review the full itinerary here!

 

Plan includes

  • Transportation to and from the Cusco airport upon arrival and departure
  • 13 Nights at the Xima Hotel (shared accommodation)
  • City Tour of Cusco with a private, english speaking guide
  • A total of 56 hours of weaving time
  • A personal vertical loom and cartoon to be used during the workshops 
  • The yarn required to weave your piece
  • The final tapestry woven during the workshop
  • Coffee and Tea breaks twice a day

Tour:

  • 4 Days of Tours in Cusco
  • All transportation (private bus and train) during the days of tour
  • Entrance tickets to all archeological sites detailed in the Itinerary
  • Visits with a private english-speaking guide to the archeological sites detailed in the itinerary
  • All the materials for the hands-on Natural Dyes workshop

does not include

  • Flight from Lima-Cusco and Cusco-Lima is not included, but if you would like us to help you coordinate them, let us know and we’ll be happy to assist you at no extra cost.
  • Personal tranportation during your time in Peru
  • Meals and snacks (apart from the snaks given during the coffee breaks and breakfasts, which are included in your accommodation)

 

photographs from previous workshops

sign up

If you would like to sign up for this workshop, please complete the form below and we’ll be getting in touch via email for the following steps.

If you have any questions, please feel free to complete the form and fill in your questions, we will be happy to assist you. You can also email us directly at info@maximolaura.com

We look forward to meeting you in Peru!

 

frequently asked questions

What are the payment methods?

Price: US$ 1,600

 

The payment can be made via a bank to bank wire transfer or via Paypal. If you would like to pay with a credit card, you can do so via Paypal without the need of having a Paypal account.

Do I have to coordinate my own transportation from and to the airport?

Although we don’t cover the cost of transportation, we are happy to help you, as we have a trusted driver in Lima who can pick you up at the airport, no matter at what time arrive or depart, and take you to your hotel or accommodation.

Do you recommend any hotels?

Yes, we have created a separate page regarding hotel and Airbnb options. You can find the page on this link

 

Are there any Airbnb options?

Yes, we have created a separate page regarding hotel and Airbnb options. You can find the page on this link

I want to share a room, but I'm traveling alone to this workshop

We are creating a private Facebook Group for the participants of this workshop, so if you are interested in sharing a double room or an Airbnb apartment with someone and you are traveling alone, you can ask if someone else is interested via the group. The private Facebook Group will also be a great way to meet each other before the workshop!

Where can I have lunch and dinner during the workshop?

There are many great restaurants and cafes nearby, so whether you want to have a traditional Peruvian dish, a salad or a sandwich, there are many options around. On the first day of workshop we will walk with you to show you some of our favorite spots, in the meantime, here’s an interesting article with the 10 Best Restaurants in Barranco

I want to visit Cusco, what do you recommend?

If you are interested in visiting Cusco after or before the workshop, send us an email to info@maximolaura.com. If we have enough people interested, we could organize a special textile oriented tour of Cusco for you guys, with the best folk art and textile spots in Cusco and a hands-on Natural Dyes workshop, along with all of the beautiful archeological sites, and of course, Machu Picchu 🙂