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Description

Learners will make Ojos de Dios (God’s Eye) weavings, while learning about the history and importance of these weavings in Mexican culture.

Originally from the Indigenous Huichol culture of Mexico, the Ojo de Dios weaving symbolizes protection and spiritual strength. For the Huichol people, the “Ojo de Dios” represents the five elements of nature: the four corners representing earth, fire, air and water, with the ornament’s center representing the source from where all creation begins.

Ojo de Diós weavings are hung in homes in Mexico and other Latin American countries, as well in Mexican-American homes. A variation of these sacred ornaments can also be found in Navajo (Diné) homes in Southwestern US. They are considered good luck charms. In the Andes region of South America, small colorful pom poms are often added.

Traditionally, in the Huichol culture, when a baby is born the child's father weaves only the eye of the Ojo de Diós. Then, each year, until the child’s 5th birthday, another ring of color is added. The weaving process is relaxing and meditative. It is also given by other family members and friends to a newborn or a sick child, as a way of providing protection.

I’ve had fun teaching how to make this weaving since it is a very calming and “centering” activity that children and adults alike really seem to enjoy.

I look forward to teaching you how to make your own Ojo de Dios weaving!

Please note: This Workshop is recommended for children 8+ as it requires a certain level of dexterity.

 

What You'll Need

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Ojos de Dios | GOD'S EYE WEAVING GLOkit

This GLOkit contains six bamboo sticks, and 7 balls of yarn in assorted colors.

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Additional Supplies

Learners will also need:

  • Scissors
  • A red, yellow, blue and green marker

Technical Requirements

You will need a device (computer or tablet) that is equipped with a camera, microphone, and speakers. For more information, please check out our Technical Requirements page.

Meet the Instructor

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Marcela RodriguezView Profile

As a child, I lived in southern Chile in lighthouses, as my dad was a lighthouse keeper.  At school I loved art classes, and my teachers would always say that I was a daydreamer.  While pursuing a construction degree in college, I took drawing lessons at the School of Fine Arts in Vina del Mar.  In Santiago I discovered street theater, and started working as a performance artist with TEUCO and Sociedad Anonima, two street theater troupes.  We did our own mask and prop designing.  I moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1992, where I got an MFA in painting and drawing. I currently live and work in Concon, Chile. I have two amazing kids. Some people know me as Amaru, as I sign my artwork under that pseudonym. 

I started crafting when I was very young.  I loved creating things from scratch, like sewing clothes for my doll named Peta. With my sisters and friends, I would make dishes, pots and cups out of clay and dry them in the sun. We made wings out of old cardboard, and then tried to fly them by jumping off a tall ramp and falling onto a big pile of hay. Once I made myself a pair of shoes out of an old bicycle tire, and I swore I could run faster! LOLl!  As a teenager, I used some of my dad’s wood and some of my mom's yarn to make lamps for my family. While in college, I would make and sell ornamental scrolls with handwritten quotes about freedom, or with song verses by the Chilean musicians Violeta Parra and Victor Jara.

On Chile’s Independence Day, September 18th,  there is a tradition of making and flying kites that I very much enjoyed as a child. My dad used to make huge handmade kites, and we loved to help him. We used to live in the hilly city of Valparaiso, and we loved flying these kites in the strong September winds along with all the neighborhood's kids. We also made windmills out of colored papers for the same occasion. 

I believe that sharing art and crafts brings us closer to each other. It allows us to see that even though we might live in different parts of the planet, creativity connects us all. The crafts I teach have a strong connection with nature, and with a spiritual world connected to the natural world. I feel that we need to reconnect with nature, which is the wisest and most generous teacher we all share.

I really like recycling and making things out of discarded objects. I make plant pots out of discarded water bottles or milk cartons. A few years ago I made a recycling workshop for children and we made kaleidoscopes.  I also love drawing with all kinds of materials.

I love living in Chile, because I enjoy being by the sea. I love to swim in the Pacific Ocean, close to my home, even during the winter months. I also enjoy the winter celebration in the nearby fishing cove where the Chinos come to dance and play their flutes and I get to witness how old, Prehispanic traditions, are still alive today. 

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Age appropriate, hands-on fun!

by Sarah on

The instructor was so patient and genuinely seemed to enjoy the students and their work. Her instructions were very clear, and she was able to help students problem-solve if they were "stuck" so that they still ended up with a beautiful finished product. A very unique way for the learners to connect with another culture.

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Ojos de Dios | GOD'S EYE WEAVING