Maximo Laura
Teaching Tour to Sweden

May 2019

Limited Spaces Still Available! Book Now To Avoid Disappointment.


A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, join Master Tapestry Weaver, Maximo Laura, on his teaching tour of Sweden in May, along with his assistant teacher, Paola Laura.

Maximo Laura is an award-winning tapestry weaver internationally recognised as one of South America´s pre-eminent and most unique textile artists. He is a consultant, designer and lecturer on art and contemporary Andean textile design. His work is the integration and synthesis of ancestral weaving techniques, symbols, memories, myths and rituals with contemporary art.

Laura is the fifth generation of weavers that learned his craft as a child at the side of his father while growing up in Ayacucho; he learned his art by never silencing the internal self-exploration or the external exploration of the world, including a lifelong study of art history and literature beyond the borders of Peru.

Maximo will be delivering three fascinating one week workshops at different venues around Sweden, teaching many of his typical textural techniques to participants who will make a small wall hanging on his portable table looms.

See below for course dates and locations…

His work has earned many awards, including “National Living Human Treasure”of Peru, “Manos de Oro” (Golden Hands) of Peru, “National Amauta of Peruvian Craft”, “Master of Iberoamerican Craft” and the UNESCO Prize for Latin America.
Owners of Laura´s work include the World Bank in Washington D.C., the UNESCO Headquaters in Paris, the Smithsonian´s National Museumof the American Indian, the Museum of Iberoamerican Craft in Spain, the Museum of the Americas in Miami, the The Latvian National Museumof Art and the National Museum of Peruvian Culture.

Maximo showing several of his techniques on a finished tapestry.

Maximo showing several of his techniques on a finished tapestry.

Course Details

Maximo’s three courses will include 40 hours of teaching from Maximo and Paola, weaving a piece on the small portable looms he has developed for this work. They will teach a number of his textural weaving techniques and his colour blending system. All necessary materials, yarn, etc is included in the price.

Participants are responsible for their own travel to the venues and accommodation. Tea, coffee, water and ‘fika’ will be available during the days. Lunch arrangements depend on the venue. (At the Folkhögskola they will probably have a dining room where we can buy lunch. At Siljansnäs we may offer to make lunch that we can all share the cost of.)

Course 1 | 6th to 10th May

Fristads Folkhögskola, Borås Confirmed. Places available.

Course 2 | 14th to 18th May

Siljansnäs, Leksand  Confirmed. Places available.

Course 3 | 21st to 25th May

Siljansnäs, Leksand Confirmed. Places available.

Course Price

Sk 7,100 or £585.

Contact us now for more information or to reserve your place on the course.

My work is nourished by symbols, stories, traditions, rituals, experiences, and by permanently returning to admire the iconography of ancestral world cultures, especially Peruvian cultures. These experiences inspire me to discover, explore and absorb contemporary visual arts, which exist lavishly, choosing the one that moves me and fits the direction of my visions of totem images, of symbolic characters and landscapes, and of my experience; developing ancestral patterns that are essentially Andean

— Maximo Laura