Textiles & Craft of Oaxaca, Mexico
10 day small group textile tour
DEPARTURES CURRENTLY ON HOLD DUE TO COVID-19
Oaxaca City, Teotitlan and Tlaxiaco villages
Escorted by Narelle and 2 local textile and culture experts this tour is 10 days is full of colour, textiles and local culture. We will immerse ourselves in not only the amazing textiles of the region but also explore the fascinating pottery and crafts on offer. We will get to experience life as a local when we stay in local village homestays and learn how they live including the unique food culture of this region.
Day 1: Day 1: Saturday
Arrive in Oaxaca City, and make your way to our hotel for our first meeting at 6pm followed by dinner on the town.
Day 2: Sunday
Today we will explore Oaxaca City through textiles and clay. We will enjoy a private tour of the Oaxacan Textile Museum that works closely with weavers throughout the state and brings in exhibitions from all over the world and a visit with the directors of Innovando la Tradicion, a non-profit organization working to improve the livelihood of traditional potters. We will explore this beautiful city, peeking into markets, shops and an amazing church or two.
Day 3: Monday
Today we travel to a far corner of the Oaxacan valleys to visit a village where for generations the women have spun wool on support spindles to sell to nearby villages. We will sit with some of these women and try our hand spindle spinning. We’ll a family pottery and explore the fabulous Ocotlan town market and wind up our day in the village of Jalietza where we’ll enjoy some hands-on learning with some backstrap weavers.
Day 4: Tuesday
Today we travel to a weaver/natural dyer’s workshop and play with some natural dyes, and visit the home workshop of women who make the iconic aprons that are the daily wear of the women of Oaxaca.
Day 5: Wednesday
We spend the full day in the lovely, traditional weaving village of Teotitlan del Valle. We’ll meet some of the weavers and see an in-depth demonstration of cochineal dyeing. We will also visit a fascinating workshop of a ceremonial candle maker and enjoy a home-cooked traditional Zapotec meal, including homemade Oaxacan chocolate.
Day 6: Thursday
We begin a migration into the uplands of the Mixtec people today to Tlaxiaco Our day will wind up in the bustling town of Tlaxiaco where we will spend the next 3 nights. Along the way we’ll stop in Yanhuitlan and learn a bit about this fascinating town and stop in a a traditional pottery workshop, before heading on to Tlaxiaco.
Day 7: Friday
Today we travel today into the far reaches, and the secret corners of the Mixtec uplands- to a region where the women, old and young, still dress in a flamboyant and proud style of ruffled dresses and unusual embroidered tops. We’ll meet a family of old-time basket makers and see how they make their baskets, and try our hands at making them.
Day 8: Saturday
Overnight the plaza in front of our hotel will have metamorphosed into a full-blown market. This morning we explore the market and gather some local ingredients to cook our own feast for lunch under the guidance of a well-known local chef.
Day 9: Sunday
Today our travels take us further into Oaxaca, we will travel into the land of the Trique people, where the tropical lowland air meets the crest of the highlands. Here all the women dress in full length, red huipiles, and many women are weavers. We’ll visit with a family of weavers and see how they ply their trade. We’ll enjoy a home-cooked lunch in a log cabin cooked up in big clay pots. We visit the town of Cuquila, where a small collective of weaving women strive to keep their disappearing culture alive. In the afternoon we retrace the path of our travels and return to Oaxaca city. We’ll gather in the evening for a farewell dinner.
Day 10. Monday
Your tour finishes this morning after breakfast.
Starts: Oaxaca City, Mexico
Finishes: Oaxaca City Mexico
Dates: TO BE ADVISED
Departs: with min of 6 and max of 8 pax
Cost: to be advised
Inclusions: 9 nights accommodation; daily breakfast; 7 lunches; 6 dinners, private mini-bus transport; all classes and workshops detailed in itinerary; information pack.