Oaxaca Textile Tours Archives - Tia Stephanie Tours

In the Footsteps of Irmgard Weitlaner Johnson

Born in Philadelphia in 1914 to Austrian parents, Irmgard arrived to Mexico in 1922 at the age of eight. Her father Robert, a metallurgist, had a keen personal interest in studying native languages and cultures of the Americas. He moved the family to Mexico, where he began his ethnographic and linguistic studies of Mexico’s indigenous people.

Amuzgo woman in Xochistlahuaca, Guerrero wearing an Amuzgo huipil

Exploring Mexico through its Textile Traditions

From our Mexican Rebozo Tour that illuminates the ikat rebozo, an extraordinary cloth and cultural expression of Mexican women, to La Chinantla, Coast and Isthmus of Oaxaca, the Chiapas highlands, Valley of Tehuacan and Sierra Norte of Puebla, we learn about and appreciate the vast and diverse ethnographic landscape of Mexico through its customs in dress and techniques in dyeing and weaving.