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Porfirio Gutierrez

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DMGAmes_Iowa wrote a review Nov 2019
Ames, Iowa527 contributions148 helpful votes
Our small group tour of Oaxaca had arranged to visit the extended family compound, studio, workshop, and sales room of Porfirio Gutierrez, a nationally and internationally known proponent of the production and use of natural dyes. Porfirio, a most engaging young man, demonstrated the colors obtained from indigo, cochineal, tarragon, and other natural sources; and also the modification into different hues by the use of lime juice, powdered lime, overdying, and mordants. Our group was welcomed with cups of locally-made mescal, and served a wonderful lunch in the family's dining room, replete with a large altar and ofrendas for Day of the Dead. As a (not inexpensive) memento, we purchased a beautiful modern weaving to grace our living room at home.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Skelt440 wrote a review Mar 2019
Sahuarita, Arizona410 contributions195 helpful votes
Take a short 35 minute picturesque ride out of Oaxaca City and see how the ancients dyed their wools using only plants, insects and minerals. We were welcomed and made to feel at home by Porfirio and family at their lovely studio where we found some magnificent weavings. There will be others in the village who claim to use natural dyes but, in reality, very few actually do. Here you can see Juana crushing the indigo and cochineal using nothing more than her hands and volcanic stones. Better yet, do as we did, and have Porfirio and his family arrange an intimate tour for you to see some of the finest artisans in the area. Claudio Gutierrez guided us through several different villages where we met artisans such as wood carvers, weavers, fine artists, candle makers and potters. This was a most memorable stay and I highly recommend it.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Wander615138 wrote a review Sep 2018
Malibu, California2 contributions3 helpful votes
It has been 42 years since my return to Oaxaca. My hope was that the town, villages and culture had retained all their magic, pride in history and culture. Fortunately, we had been recommended to Porfirio Gutierrez and his family to renew that relationship. I told him what our interests were and he suggested a full vibrant itinerary that made our week in Oaxaca truly outstanding. We met master artists, participated in weaving and cooking classes, visited to some wonderful markets and most of all integrated ourselves into the culture and met the true people of city and villages. Many thanks to Claudio Gutierrez for his expert knowledge and guiding us to all the wonderful locations as well as his commentary and wisdom and pride of his families heritage and that of his village. We will be going back,... Richard and Maureen Kronman Malibu CA
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Donna G wrote a review Feb 2018
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It is hard to describe the full richness of our visit with Porfirio Gutierrez and his family. We were welcomed with open arms and shared a wonderful cultural exchange. We not only learned about the the traditional dying and weaving techniques we were able to see the raw materials used to produce the colors. Porfirio shared stories of his families heritage and was open to any question. This was one of the most extraordinary travel experiences I've ever had. Truly authentic in every way. Please visit Porfirio and his family. You will not be disappointed. Your heart will be full and you will be ready to plan your return visit.
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Date of experience: February 2018
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Robert C wrote a review Dec 2017
New York City, New York176 contributions85 helpful votes
We met Porfirio at the International Folk Art Festival in Santa Fe, and learned about the distinctive artisanal weaving of his family and soon planned our first visit to Oaxaca. This was the high point of our first visit to the area and we look forward to a return trip. If you are expecting the usual package tour routine followed by the gift shop gauntlet, this is not what you will get. You do not have to worry about whether manufactured products with chemical dyes are intermixed with genuine work. This is the real deal, exclusively, and a rare and special opportunity to meet a family that is preserving a craft of historic and cultural significance.
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Date of experience: December 2017
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