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Straw Appliqué Workshop at Los Luceros

At Los Luceros Historic Site
7/27/24, Saturday
10:00am - 3:00pm

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Presented by Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area (NRGNHA), and held at Los Luceros Historic Site, this workshop teaches the traditional art of straw appliqué. The precise origins of straw art in New Mexico remain unclear. One narrative recounts its introduction during the arrival of the Spaniards, who brought Gold Crosses into Northern New Mexico. Inspired by these crosses, local farmers, known as Grangeros, endeavored to replicate them using Indigenous materials. Utilizing wood sourced from the local forests, they crafted crosses and adorned them with charcoal paint. Subsequently, they meticulously prepared hay from their fields, wetting, slicing, ironing, and applying it atop the blackened crosses. Finally, they employed pine sap as a varnish, imparting a golden hue that shimmered when illuminated. Through this class, we aim to honor this tradition by recreating the classic black with natural straw appliqué, employing the same techniques mastered by these artisans of old.

Light snacks and drinks will be provided, but please bring a lunch. Please note, the gates to the site do not open until 10 a.m. Arriving early is welcomed, but you may not be able to access the Community Room until that time. 15 spaces available for individuals 16 years and older. Register online at NRGNHA’s website.

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