June 3rd - 8th, 2017
* Travel into deep, indigenous Mexico far off the beaten track
* Back strap weaving, and hand embroidery like you’ve never seen
* Immerse yourselves in a timeless and thriving market
* Explore the immense fortress monasteries of the Dominicans
* Meet village cooks, apron makers and rooted people
* An ideal journey for lovers of authentic textiles and culture
Well off the beaten track and well worth visiting, the upper Mixteca is home to some of the most colorful textile villages in Mexico, rare towns where the old ways of traditional fashion are alive and well. We take you inside of these and other villages, introducing you to weavers, embroiderers, basket plaiters and paper makers. We also will visit two of the grandest churches in Mexico, long forgotten by time and recently being gloriously restored.
We’ll also visit a restored textile mill turned into an art school, and immerse ourselves in the thriving market center of Tlacolula, meet apron crafters and eat home cooked meals. Far beyond the guidebooks and tourist routes, this is a journey for textile lovers and explorers curious about how people live and what’s around the next corner.
Day 1 (D)
We’ll meet in our hotel lobby at 6pm, introduce ourselves, talk about the trip to come and then head out for dinner.
Overnight in Oaxaca.
Day 2 (L)
We dive right into Oaxaca, and in the best of ways. Today is Sunday, market day in the Zapotec town of Tlacolula. People from nearby villages pour in for this weekly event and exploring the market is a delicious treat of sights, sounds, smells and objects of all sorts. Afterwards we continue with the delicious theme, because it’s lunch time and we’ve got a treat for you! We’ll enjoy a home-cooked, village meal, seasoned with experience, hand-grown corn and wood-smoke. You’ll even get a chance to try making tortillas, which is no harder than learning to walk. We finish our day with a visit to a small village workshop that makes aprons. Yep, aprons. And once you are here you’ll understand why these are so important, and see how beautiful they are. I highly suspect that many of you will be going home with a new one.
Overnight, Oaxaca City
Day 3 (BLD)
We leave the central valleys of Oaxaca and drive into the upper Mixteca region, passing through the territories of what were once important Mixtec kingdoms. The kingdoms are long gone, but we will see relics of those more prosperous times and monumental reminders of that era of conquest as we visit some of the finest churches and monasteries in Mexico, built on wealth generated by the silk boom of the 1500’s and the free labor of conscripted Mixtecs. We’ll visit these places today and learn a little about the tumultuous history of this region. We’ll also meet a fabulous, creative and humorous potter from this region who uses old techniques to craft new ideas. We spend the evening in the bustling Mixtec town of Tlaxiaco.
Overnight in Tlaxiaco.
Day 4 (BLD)
Today we visit two villages, one Mixtec and the other Trique. Two languages, two histories. In the Mixtec village, a community on the verge of losing their weaving tradition, we meet a group making an effort to revive it. This village is remote and few outside visitors come here. That’s part of the challenge. Then we go even more remote, to the land of the Trique Indians and a village full of women who wear laboriously woven and brocaded full length red huipiles, or gowns. We’ll visit a family of weavers in a log cabin on the edge of the mountain and see why it takes months to make one of these huipiles. Here the weaving ways are alive and well…for the people by the people. This is one of the last regions in Oaxaca where almost all the women still dress traditionally. We’ll also enjoy a homemade lunch in a log cabin.
Overnight in Tlaxiaco.
Day 5 (BL)
Oaxaca is full of secrets and surprises. The Mixtec village of San Pablo is one of the grandest for textile lovers. While almost unknown and unheard of beyond this region and never visited by tourists, the traditional dress of the women here is perhaps the most unique in Oaxaca. And everyone uses it every day. White blouses with colorful embroidery, pleated skirts, bright beaded necklaces and almost florescent head shawls are the look of the decade. From here we’ll visit Tlacotepec where a special basket is made from plaited yucca leaves and decorative belts are woven on backstrap looms.
Overnight in Tlaxiaco.
Day 6 (BL)
Bidding farewell to the Mixteca and returning to Oaxaca we’ll stop enroute in a foothill village where a local villager-run cottage industry creates a fine assortment of handmade papers and paper products, including paper jewelry. This is also the home of a beautifully restored 19th century textile factory that has been turned into an arts school. A wonderful place to wander, take photos and enjoy fine architecture. We’ll arrive in Oaxaca in the afternoon. You will be responsible for your own lodging this evening and the WARP conference begins tomorrow.
NOTE: ITINERARY SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Where: Oaxaca Valleys & Highland Mixtec
Date: June 3 - 8, 2017 (6 days / 5 nights)
Departing and Ending point: Oaxaca City, Mexico
Cost: $1,450 usd per person
Early Bird Discount: $1,300 usd
Register and pay your deposit before February 15th
Single Supplement: $200 usd
Min 5 / Max 11
• Professional, local bilingual guides
• All local transport in private van
• Entry fees, tips for meals and drivers
• Eight nights double-occupancy accommodation in 3- and 4-star locally-owned hotels
• All activities and meals as described in itinerary
• International air tickets and ticketing fees
• Airport transfers
• Travel and trip cancellation insurance
• Alcoholic beverages
• Items of a personal nature such as, incidental charges at the hotel, laundry or communication (phone, internet, etc.)
• Discretionary tips to guides and service staff
Registrations will be considered confirmed upon receipt of deposit of $450.
Terms and conditions will be sent upon acceptance of reservation.