Following the Fiber Trail

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Field Trip

Friday, June 3, 2011, 8:00 am–5:00 pm

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The fiber arts of New Mexico encompass both the Hispanic and Native American traditions and are especially important for women, helping them to develop a sustainable future for their families. Their creativity is flourishing in many of New Mexico’s rural villages, where fiber arts are being kept alive by both traditional and contemporary artists.

Dr. Helen R. Lucero will be our guide as we travel the back roads of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains through Las Vegas, Mora, and Cleveland, New Mexico. Dr. Lucero has had a long career focusing on Hispanic arts, having worked at the New Mexico Museum of International Folk Art, UNM Art Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

Our full-day journey will take us from the raw material, gathered from alpacas at Victory Ranch, to the spinning, weaving, and vocational training that is at the heart of the Tapetes de Lana spinning mill cooperative in Mora. This cooperative has revived the fiber arts in the Mora Valley and is making a difference in the lives of many rural families in San Miguel County by providing a sustainable cottage industry that allows families to continue to live in their ancestral homes.

We will have ample opportunity to shop for yarn, beautiful woolen clothing, and other fiber arts. Lunch will be at the Hatchas Café in Mora. We will also explore the Roller Mill Historical Museum in Cleveland, New Mexico before returning to Santa Fe.

Activity Level: Easy, travel by van from Santa Fe to Mora with several stops for viewing fiber art demonstrations. Please call the Membership Office at (505) 954-7203 if you are uncertain about your physical ability to participate.

Cost (per person): $95, includes transportation, lunch, demonstrations, entrance fees, and guide honorarium.

Trip Registration: Participation in SAR field trips is one of the benefits of membership. We will begin accepting reservations at 8:00am on Wednesday, December 8, 2010, either by telephone (505) 954-7230) or walk-in at the SAR Membership Office, 660 Garcia Street. No reservations will be accepted before 8:00am on that day. Group size is limited—Reserve your space early.

For more information, visit the Field Trips section.

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