Oaxaca

Traditions & Flavors of Oaxaca

Maíz, Mole & Mezcal:
Oaxaca has become a “hot spot” for culinary travel, yet its foods are ancestral. From native corn, to the land of mole and mezcal, Oaxaca is a place to savor with all the senses. This culinary journey will take you on a veritable historic journey, beginning with the ancestral foods, the sustenance of Mexico today, and will also showcase contemporary expressions of these heritage foods.

WARP Annual Meeting Pre / Post Tours and Natural Dye Workshop, June 2017

Join us to Oaxaca and Veracruz on The WARP (Weave a Real Peace) Annual Meeting Trip: “In the Footsteps of Irmgard Weitlaner-Johnson”. The post-Tour: “The Art of the Ikat Rebozo: Traditions and Techniques”. And the Workshop: “Natural Dye One-Day” with the master dyers of the Centro de Arte Zapoteco Bii Dauu to learn of their ancient techniques and masterful use of working with natural dyes.

Embroiderers’ Guild of America Textiles & Culture of Mexico, March 2017

This extraordinary journey takes us to singular and diverse regions of Mexico in Oaxaca, Puebla, Tlaxcala and Mexico City. Not only will we be able to appreciate the vast diversity of Mexico, we’ll learn about the varied textile traditions in natural dyes, weaving and embroidery. We’ll savor new flavors, meet artisans and visit ancient archeological sites! Join us on this journey to a different Mexico!.

Textiles & Traditions

Veracruz, Chinantla, Oaxaca & Tehuacan, Puebla
Visit El Tajin, the Museum of Anthropology in Xalapa and attend the 4th Textile Festival, featuring the textiles of Veracruz! In addition, this trip will take us on an extraordinary journey into a region rarely visited in Oaxaca’s Papaloapan Basin. The natural landscape is varied, between lush tropical (think mangoes and pineapples) to higher elevations where coffee grows and deciduous forests begin.

Craft Traditions of Oaxaca with Cabot’s Pueblo Museum, September 14-21, 2018

Based in Oaxaca City, we’ll explore Oaxaca, and the surrounding communities of the Central Valleys. Communities such as: San Bartolo Coyotepec, known for its black pottery; San Martin Tilcajete, for its whimsical carved wood “alebrijes” and to Teotitlan del Valle, where we will meet extraordinary weavers and dyers in this legendary “tapestry” weaving town….

The African Descendants of Mexico

From the Colonial Era to present, we learn how the people and communities of African descent helped shaped Mexico’s past and continue to express traditions in art, dance, music and food that reflect their heritage. Few people know about them, as their history has been little studied and told. This, however is changing as UNESCO, community activists and academics…

Night of the Radishes: Christmas in Oaxaca, December 2017

On December 23, Oaxaca holds the largest radish carving contest in the world: The Night of the Radishes, where radishes weigh up to seven pounds! Primarily Nativity Scenes, the carvers now use their imagination and carve everything from famous Mexican revolutionaries…

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Textile Traditions Oaxaca & Chiapas, November 2018

We explore the multiple ethnic communities of Oaxaca (and Guerrero) to learn of their cultural and ethnic expressions in dress and textiles. From the Amuzgo in Guerrero to the Mixtec, Huave, Zapotec in Oaxaca we will see how textile traditions and dress are a cultural passport and unique expression of the women (and some men) who live in this region.

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Natural Dye Workshop

If you love textile traditions, dye resist techniques and colonial cities, this trip is for you! This year, our trip is scheduled around the Feria del Rebozo in Tenancingo. We enjoy this unique opportunity to see (& buy) the “best from the best” for our special collections. In Mexico City, we’ll visit the shrine of “Nuestor Senor del Rebozo”, and see the Franz Mayer Museum antique rebozo collection…

Textile Traditions of Oaxaca’s Coast & Isthmus

We explore the multiple ethnic communities of Oaxaca (and Guerrero) to learn of their cultural and ethnic expressions in dress and textiles. From the Amuzgo in Guerrero to the Mixtec, Huave, Zapotec in Oaxaca we will see how textile traditions and dress are a cultural passport and unique expression of the women (and some men) who live in this region.

This is Guelaguetza

A not to be missed annual Oaxaca event, the Guelaguetza is a celebration of Oaxaca’s regional costume and dance in honor of the pre-Hispanic goddess of corn, Centeotl. Villagers in full regalia arrive from their respective villages to put on a spectacle of dance and music. Join us in the small villages to celebrate this most colorful and memorable spectacle!

Velas de Tehuantepec

The Isthmus of Tehuantepec is unlike any other region in Mexico, and from the moment you arrive, your senses tell you that this place is different. The climate is hot and tropical, the landscape is rich and lush, the famous “traje” worn by women is vibrant and dramatic, the women call the shots, and the festivals known as “velas” are parties held in honor of saints…

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