Textiles, Hand-Made in the Back of Beyond

Perhaps you like traditional culture, hand-made textiles and good ideas that make people’s lives better? So do we, and that’s what this trip is about.


A day deep in the mountains with a community of inspired artisans
Witness natural dyeing on cotton
Try spinning natural brown cotton on a Gandhian spinning wheel
Visit a village of traditional Zapotec embroiderers

Learn about Social Enterprise and Textiles, where good ideas get woven
See backstrap and floor loom weaving
Two night’s sleep in mountain cabins



September 28 - 30, 2018
October 19 - 21
November 16 - 18
December 7 - 9
January 11 - 13, 2019
February 1 - 3
February 22 - 24
March 15 - 17


US$875 per person

Meeting & End Point:

We will pick you up and drop you off at any Hotel or B&B located within downtown Oaxaca.


* 3 days tour focus on textiles * 2 nights lodging outside the city based on double occupancy * 7 Meals (listed on itinerary Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) * Superb bilingual guide * Transport in private van * Entry fees and artisan fees * Hands-on activities

Not Included:

* Gratuities for your guide & drivers * Travel Insurance * Personal Expenses * Lodging before and after the trip * Alcoholic beverages

Group size:

Minimum 2 travelers. This tour is capped at 11 guests.

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We will travel to a far off mountain village of crags and pines to visit a project inspired by Gandhi and begun by an American Mystic. The result, a growing number of villagers making a living by spinning, dyeing and weaving cotton. We will visit this project and see how a good idea has vitalized a community and produces beautiful cloth, and we’ll get a chance to learn and play as well. And as long as we are way out there, we’ll stop by a village of creative Zapotec embroideres far beyond the reach of tourism to see how women decorate their blouses and what new ideas they are coming up with. And as long as we are way out there, we’ll stop the homes and workshops of a selection of traditional fiber artists to see what their practiced hands are making. It may be wool hats, wool yarn or cane baskets. And more, including good Oaxacan eating, small villages, artisans homes, a diversity of textiles, good ideas and ways to make a living doing good in a changing world.

Day 1

Our compass is pointed towards the back of beyond. We will head onward to visit artisans of deep tradition in the world of fiber arts as we travel through the day. Then upward into the pines of the Sierra Madre Occidental.
Overnight in mountain cabins. (Meals included: Lunch, Dinner)

Day 2

Brown cotton, Gandhian spinning wheels, looms, community, positive change, clear mountain air, natural dye and beautiful cloth all day long!
Overnight in mountain cabins. (Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3

Into the valley, a town of blouse makers with colored threads, a meal in a market and a courtyard filled with backstrap weavers. Why not!
(Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch)

Itinerary Subject to change

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