Mapuche Spinning and Weaving Workshops – 29 & 30 April 2017

Mapuche Spinning and Weaving Workshops – 29 & 30 April 2017 – LGWSD, London SW7 4HJ

London Guild is excited to facilitate a weekend of talks and demonstrations along with spinning and weaving workshops by visiting Mapuche weavers and teachers from Chile on the weekend of 29/30 April 2017.

There will be two days of talks, demonstrations & workshops exploring Mapuche culture and woolcraft traditions from southern Chile. The event will be hosted by FundaciónCholchol, a Chilean development NGO, and by Isabel & Jessica, two renowned weavers and teachers who will be visiting the UK on a Chilean government-funded cultural programme.

The visit is being organised in association with Liz Beasley of añañuca.


11am – 1pm:a morning of talks & demonstrations

Introduction by Liz Beasley of añañuca about her work in Chile. Susana, the director of FundacionCholchol, will talk about the development work of the Fundación with spinners & weavers in southern Chile.

Jessica and Isabel will then both speak about their lives, their culture and their weaving.

Demonstrations of drop spindle spinning and Mapuche weaving by both women

Opportunity to view (and purchase) a selection of Mapuche woven textiles and yarns.

2pm-5pm: WORKSHOPS

SATURDAY – a choice of two workshops:
(1) Drop Spindle Spinning;
(2) An introduction to Mapuche Weaving
SUNDAY – a choice of two workshops:
(1) An introduction to Mapuche Weaving
(2) Mapuche Weaving follow on from Saturday


11am – 1pm: MORNING TALKS & DEMONSTRATIONS –£5 (advance booking recommended) FULL DAY INCLUDING WORKSHOP OF CHOICE –£20 (spaces limited, booking essential; 50% deposit)

Venue: LGWSD, St Stephen’s House, 48 Emperor’s Gate, Kensington, London SW7 4HJ.

For more information and bookings, please contact:

Liz Beasley
01597 860604