Arguably three of the most iconic natural dyes on earth, cochineal, indigo and shell-dyed purple are the focus of this dyer’s journey and hands-on workshop. If you love natural dyes and traditional culture, this trip…
EARLY BIRD PRICE $2960 (SAVE $740), PRICING GOES UP TO $3700 ON DECEMBER 1st
- Dates: Feb 18-27, 2020
- Duration: 10 days/9 nights
- Departing and ending point: Mexico City, Mexico
- Want your own room? Single supplement option available for an additional $420
I paint flowers so they will not die -Frida Kahlo
An artist, a legend, and a woman who LIVED life, Frida Kahlo is one of the best known Mexican artists of all time. She is known as much for her story, her struggles, her personality and her exploits as she is for her art. In this journey we delve into the story and the human who was Frida Kahlo, exploring her metaphorical and real wardrobe, these layers of color and experience that dressed this outstanding human being.
Our journey begins with a private screening of the movie Frida in an urban arthouse cinema accompanied by a biting drink and a good meal in the heart of Mexico City. Welcome to Frida’s world! As we explore the urbanscape where she was born, broken, bloomed, loved and died, we learn about the myth and reality of this larger than life person. And then we travel into a far corner of the nation to the place of the legendary matriarchs of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec whose dressways became Frida’s iconic look.
Part 1. The City that Enrobed Frida. 5 nights
Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón, better known as Frida Kahlo, was born and raised in Mexico City, and though she traveled internationally, this city was the center of her world. This is where she was raised, where her body was broken, where she painted, where she fell in love with Diego Rivera, and where she died. Frida’s Wardrobe in Mexico City is a metaphor, an exploration of the layers of experiences and influences that wrapped and adorned her existence.
We will explore her “wardrobe”, staying in the very neighborhood where she was born and lived out her life. We will visit her home and the homes she shared with Diego. We visit places that inspired or formed her, including Xochimilco and the San Ildefonso school. We’ll meet a beautiful young Mexican painter who has had her own struggles with pain and growth. We’ll dine highbrow and lowbrow, sip tequila, hear music, gaze into the eyes of Frida’s paintings, meet a hairless dog (oh she loved these!) and peer through time into the era she lived in while also seeing how her life and work peer into our times, inspiring and forming more than a half century after her death.
- 5 nights stay in the historic Coyoacan neighborhood of Mexico City
- Visit Casa Azul, Frida’s lifelong home
- View the largest collection of Frida’s paintings
- Meet a contemporary female Mexican painter
A private boat ride through the floating gardens of Xochimilco
Part 2 The Village that Dressed Frida. 3 nights
Frida’s wardrobe in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec is not a metaphor. Her long skirt, square cut, sheening, criss cross embroidered blouse and ribboned, floral headpiece…her iconic look, is entirely inspired by the dress used by the Zapotec women of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. Frida was among the first generation of urban women to adopt, adapt and celebrate the indigenousoity of their homeland by wearing indigenous fashion. These Zapotec women where women of power and pride, Frida could relate. And they still are.
Flying to the coast of Oaxaca, we travel to the balmy towns of the Isthmus to meet these women who inspired one of the nations greatest artists. We will meet the women and transgender men who make the embroidered blouses and elegant head pieces that are de riguour for any celebration in the Isthmus. We will adorn ourselves, we will cook Istmo style, we will take photographs of our own creative elegance and bridge the gap between urban art and indigenous style. This is the heart of Frida’s woven wardrobe, the velvet and satin fashion of flowers painted with threads and folded from ribbons. Flowers that do not die.
- Meet an artist who creates traditional contemporary pieces with her embroidery needle.
- See the textile work of the muxe/transgender culture of the Isthmus, people who, like Frida, challenge traditional gender roles
- Hands on cooking class in the cross cultural Zapotec cuisine of the isthmus
- A village of blouse embroiderers creating the threaded flower artwork that the Isthmus is renowned for.
- A dinner, a dress up and a fandango in an elegant, ancient Tehuantepec house
- An expert bilingual guide plus a tour host
- Entree and artisan fees
- Most meals, including tips
- Local transport in private van
- Flight Mexico City – Huatulco- Mexico City
- Insurance. Full Comprehensive Travel Insurance is mandatory for this tour
- Travel and medical insurance
- All services, meals other than those indicated above, alcoholic beverages
- Any changes to the proposed and confirmed program.
- All items of a personal nature e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, medical needs, tips etc
- Tips to tour guides
I wish I could do whatever I liked behind the curtain of ‘madness’. Then: I’d arrange flowers, all day long, I’d paint; pain, love and tenderness… -Frida Kahlo