Hands-on Textile Immersion in Guatemala with Thread Caravan + Luna Zorro

Textile tour company Thread Caravan is teaming up with Guatemala-based textile designer Luna Zorro to offer a unique week-long experience diving into the world of handmade Guatemalan textiles.

backstrap weaving and textiles in guatemala by luna zorro and thread caravan

The experience starts and ends in Antigua, Guatemala, where participants will be welcomed with a dinner at designer Molly Berry’s home, a visit to the Luna Zorro studio and other textile landmarks around town, as well as a walking photo tour guided by Molly.

casa colibri on lake atitlan by luna zorro thread caravan

The bulk of the workshop will be spent on the shores of Lake Atitlan. Guests will stay in a private lakeside villa with views of the lake’s three surrounding volcanoes.

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On the first day of the workshop, Thread Caravan will take you to the town of San Juan la Laguna, where you’ll have an intimate educational experience with Asociacion Lema, learning the cooperative’s origin story, an intro into jaspe (ikat) weaving, as well as a complete natural dyeing course — learning about local plant dyes and creating multiple vats of dye to color threads that will be used in weaving projects following days.

antigua guatemala by luna zorro thread caravan

antigua guatemala colors by luna zorro thread caravan

The next two days will be spent on the opposite side of Lake Atitlan, in the lakeside town of San Antonio Palopo. Here guests will work 1-on-1 alongside talented local indigenous Kacquikel weavers to design and create pieces of their own.

guatemalan textile scenes by luna zorro and thread caravan

Both the dyeing and weaving lessons are suitable for beginners and experienced dyers and weavers alike. Weavings can be simple beginner-level pieces, with ample guidance from local instructors, or they can include more advanced techniques like brocade embroidery.

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Other included activities include visiting vintage textile markets, hiking through terraced fields to a waterfall with stunning lake views, swimming in Lake Atitlan + more.

guatemalan textile travel by luna zorro thread caravan

 

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The art of backstrap weaving has been practiced in the region since ancient Maya times. Illustrations from thousands of years ago show women wearing traje (traditional clothing) very similar to what’s still being worn today. There are currently 23 Maya indigenous groups in Guatemala, who still utilize their indigenous languages as well as cultural traditions like backstrap weaving. Guatemalan textile traditions run deep, and this week-long immersive textile experience is a unique opportunity to connect with history, culture, beautiful landscapes and most importantly: the local craftspeople who make Guatemala such a wonderful place.

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antigua textile home by luna zorro and thread caravan

November 4 – 10, 2018: two spaces available
March 3 – 9, 2019: six spaces available

TRIP INFO AND BOOKING here.

Thread Caravan and Luna Zorro are offering a $100 discount to TAC members with the code “TAC”.

Thread Caravan website.
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Luna Zorro website.
Luna Zorro Instagram.

*Photos by Luna Zorro.

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