Weaving Oaxaca: Cultural Immersion & Study Travel

October 1 - 7, 2018

Weaving Oaxaca is the first immersive cultural program owned and operated by a family of indigenous Zapotec artisans in Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca. You’re invited to learn from, experiment with and work alongside traditional Zapotec award- winning craftspeople in their home studio. When you’re with us you are helping us sustain our culture while you contribute directly to our community’s future. We deeply appreciate your support of our community-owned business and thank you for helping shape our future as artists and native Oaxacans.

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includes meals + tours

Day 1 - Arrival
(included: Dinner)

We’ll be at the airport to meet you and drive you to our studio in Teotitlán del Valle. We’ll welcome you with a delicious traditional Zapotec meal made by our family, introduce you to the studio and help you settle in to your guest rooms.


          Oaxaca Architecture

Experience the unique architecture that characterizes
he city of Oaxaca during your stay


Day 2 | Natural Dyes
(included: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner)

Maestra Juana will lead us through a full day of natural dyes. Students will learn from one of the last few families who are sustaining the wisdom of working with plants, minerals and organic dye materials, beginning with indigo and cochineal.

We start the day with collecting muitle leafs and wood ash for fermentation. We will extract many shades of blue from indigo, then use cochineal insects and Mexican tarragon to obtain shades of green and purple. The wool will be spread out to dry and we can enjoy some time walking through our village after sharing our afternoon meal. In the evening enjoy some of Juana’s hot chocolate and pan dulce! 


A Weaver at Work

During your stay, observe and learn about traditional Oaxacan approaches and processes towards textile production - from scratch!


Day 3 - 5 | Zapotec Weaving
(included: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner)

3 Day weaving workshop with master weaver, Antonio. You’ll work on a frame hand loom using the wool you dyed with Juana but will have the opportunity to try our traditional 2-paddle upright

The maestro will share the meanings of some familiar Zapotec motifs as you create your own small piece. You’ll understand thread count per inch and a learn how to operate our traditional spinning wheel. As a special experience for our group, the community is celebrating La Danza de la Pluma during this time (Feather Dance) and we will all attend an incredible ceremony together.


          A Class in Action

Learn everything from the basics of weave structures and colors, to incorporating personal touches - straight from the masters!


Day 6 | Rebozos and the Tlacolula Sunday Market
(included: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner)

Our community is known around the world for our tapestries and rugs but there are still few people who weave beautiful rebozos (shawls) and traditional clothing using their own silk worms, dyeing the silk and cotton with natural dyes.

We’ll visit the studios of a few of these families after a market-fresh breakfast together. Since it is Sunday we can attend the Tlacolula market, one of the biggest and oldest in Oaxaca. You’ll see a market full of colors, from flowers to traditional clothing worn by people from distant indigenous communities who have been coming to this marketplace for centuries. Here you will find everything from folk art to great food, traditional medicine, livestock and much more. Our lunch stop will be here at the market.


Day Market Visit

Daily life revolves around Oaxaca's day market - here, you can find everything from traditional art, food, and more local treats!

Pricing Schedule
Special Package rate per person: $1,795.00*

*Includes all lodging and meals noted in Teotitlán, ground transportation to and from airport, entry fees, workshop fees and materials. Does not include hotel in Oaxaca City but we can add that if you’d like us to handle your reservations. Does not include airfare, personal items, travel insurance, guide tips, alcoholic beverages and any incidental purchases made at your own discretion.

*A 50% deposit is required to hold a reservation.
Balance due no later than 60 days before travel date.

Email us at info@weavinghand.com to reserve your spot.