Learn Tapestry Weaving in the Ancient City of Cusco

10-Day Workshop with Master Weaver Maximo Laura


Come share with us a 10 day workshop designed by Maximo Laura for weavers of all levels of experience. You will learn, hands-on, the process and techniques used by Maximo Laura in a unique learning environment, taught by the master himself.

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

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about maximo laura

Maestro Maximo Laura is an internationally renowed textile artist known for his tapestry techniques and use of color.

He combines ancient traditions from the Andes with contemporary tapestry weaving, as well as his own textured techniques, to create tapestries that are vibrant in color and in textures.

He has been designated as one of Peru’s “Living Human Treasures”. This important award is given, following UNESCO guidelines, to an artist whose role is to preserve and elevate the culture of their homeland.

Throughout his 35+ years as a tapestry weaver, he has exhibited his work in more than 29 countries, winning many awards in an international and national level. 

What you'll Learn

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.

Maestro Laura and 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:

learn to create with fibers and colors

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 is the archeological capital of South America, with some of the most important ruins of the Inca empire, museums and wonderful places to explore for textiles and folk art.

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 you our favorite spots for art, crafts and textiles. During your free evenings thorughout the workshop 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. 

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 2: 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 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

Day 9: Full Day of Workshop

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

Day 10: 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:

tapestry workshop

Price: US$ 1,500

This plan 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)

 

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)

 

14 day experience: workshop + accommodation + tour

Price: US$ 3,680

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 to Cusco
  2. City Tour of Cusco
  3. Full day of Workshop
  4. Full day of Workshop
  5. Full day of Workshop
  6. Full day of Workshop
  7. Full day of Workshop
  8. Full day of Workshop
  9. Full day of Workshop
  10. Sacred Valley of the Incas: Pisaq ruins and Market
  11. Sacred Valley of the Incas: Ollantaytambo and travel to Machu Picchu 
  12. Visit Machu Picchu and return to Cusco
  13. Hands-on Natural Dyes Workshop
  14. Departure

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)

 

7 day cultural/textile tour of cusco

Price: US$ 1,800

A fascinating 7 day Cultural / Textile tour of Cusco

Day to Day Itinerary:

  1. Arrival to Cusco
  2. City Tour of Cusco
  3. Sacred Valley of the Incas: Pisaq ruins and Market
  4. Sacred Valley of the Incas: Ollantaytambo and travel to Machu Picchu 
  5. Visit Machu Picchu and return to Cusco
  6. Hands-on Natural Dyes Workshop
  7. Departure

You can review the full itinerary here!

 

Plan includes

  • Transportation to and from the Cusco airport upon arrival and departure
  • 6 Nights at the Xima Hotel (shared accommodation)
  • 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 🙂