Zapotec Weaving in the Pacific Northwest | Cawein Gallery Exhibit

The Kathrine Cawein Gallery of Art is excited to unveil its new exhibition of vibrant weaving from local artists Francisco and Laura Bautista. Meet the artists at an opening reception at 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 15. The exhibition is showing through Thursday, Dec. 9. 

The Bautista's inspiration comes from the exquisite beauty of Zapotec, Navajo art and the Bauhaus design. The intricate geometric patterns of the traditional weaves, rich with symbolism, illustrate the relationship between the natural world, and that which exists beyond ourselves. Their work represents these traditional designs, which are proudly produced with the same time-honored techniques that master weavers have used for centuries.

Artist Statement:

"I am Francisco Bautista, the fourth-generation master weaver in my family. My wife Laura and I were born in Teotitlán del Valle, a Zapotec village in Oaxaca, Mexico. We have always been fascinated by the infinite possibilities of crossing threads. We use only hand-spun, hand-dyed wool, and weave each of our works on a foot pedal loom. The vibrant colors you see in our weaving come from our own natural and aniline dyes. Together we work to ensure that the quality achieved by the master weavers of old will continue to live on in each piece we weave."

The Cawein gallery is located in Pacific Hall and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by appointment.

Email to schedule an appointment. 

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021