Nouveau Maya Weavers

March 4 - March 10, 2020

Quick Details

  • Dates: March 4-10, 2020
  • Duration: Seven nights/eight days
  • Capacity: 11 maximum
  • Where: San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapan highlands
  • Departing and ending point: San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas
  • Optional: Pay 30% deposit to reserve your spot | $735.00
  • Pricing goes up to $3060 on Nov 15th

About the Maya Weavers Tour

Join us on a journey through the highland world of Maya weavers and meet the dedicated team working with them to dream up new ideas in their ancient weavings. Our trip takes us to four villages, each with a wonderfully unique way of dressing and weaving. We meet weavers and their families in their homes, where they share their knowledge, from complex backstrap weaving and fast floor looms to a Maya method for making a skirt look as wooly as a mountain sheep!

And to make a great trip even better, the weavers we meet are part of a group of 130 Maya women working together with French designers in an alliance born in 1996. They are called El Camino de Los Altos (The Highland Road). Together they have created a unique textile collection combining contemporary design and Maya heritage. The result is beauty, and of a very practical sort, for it sells from towns of old Mexico to the rues of Paris, and the weavers’ lives are better for it. Meet the people who run this inspiring organization and learn from the weavers themselves how it has impacted their lives.

But wait, there’s more! Through out the trip, we are based in the truly beautiful town of San Cristobal de las Casas, where we can smell the orchids, see a funky and fabulous paper workshop, meet a visionary doctor, explore markets, eat well, and have plenty of opportunities to be merry!


Highlights:

  • Visits to four Maya weaving villages
  • Rare, meaningful access to Maya homes
  • Fascinating weaving and dyeing techniques
  • Home-cooked meals
  • Learn about an inspiring changemaker organization
  • Explore gorgeous San Cristobal de las Casas
  • Markets!

Note:

Our trip starts and ends in San Cristobal. The closest airport to San Cristobal is Tuxtla Gutierrez (a one and a half-hour car ride) You might choose to fly round trip from Mexico City to Tuxtla Gutierrez. Interjet, Volaris, and Aeromexico are options for these flights.

From Mexico City, Ana Paula has been wrapped and tangled in the world of textiles, travel, organizing, and outreach for a long time! She holds a B.A. in Textile Design with postgraduate studies in Knit and Fashion Knitwear Design and took that knowledge to work in Barcelona and Mexico City. In 2005, she moved to legendary Oaxaca City, where co-founded the experimental 11011 studio, in which she collaborated with more than 20 contemporary artists in exhibitions, performances, installations, and concerts.

From 2006 to 2012, Guide: Ana Paula Fuentes was the Founder and Director of the Textile Museum of Oaxaca (Museo Textil de Oaxaca), and then she went a-traveling in India, solo, for four months! She has worked for the nonprofit association El Camino de Los Altos, formed by Maya weavers and French designers, developing promotion and marketing, and she worked in a similar vein with the cooperative La Flor de Xochistlahuaca. She loves to travel, has run her share of marathons, and bagged a few peaks to boot. She’s also a skilled photographer (Instagram @anadelcamino), and a Friday isn’t a Friday if Ana Paula isn’t dressed in a traditional blouse or huipil.