TEXTILE TRAVEL 2019

Join us for another adventure in Guatemala, sharing creative ideas together with rural partner artisans for a trip that is truly mutually-beneficial for participants and artisans alike. 

Textile Travel to Guatemala Kakaw Designs

Two options available! See below for the complete details. Bring a friend and receive $100 off ( that's for each of you 😉)

 

Textile Travel info sheet 2019

 

Option one: Creative Textile Adventure (August 1-9, 2019)

Workshop options from artisan groups include (but not limited to): overall talk concerning textile traditions in Guatemala, embroidery, backstrap brocade weaving, natural dyes, ikat warp on backstrap, footloom corte weaving.
Workshop/Presentations from participants will vary on interest.  We are very flexible, and the artisans are eager to hear from you!
Other activity options include cooking, hiking, poolside relaxing, shopping at markets.
$1950 per participant all-inclusive in Guatemala.

Option two: The Quetzal Adventure (August 8-14, 2019)

This portion of the trip covers longer distances to visit groups in rural areas.  These days will be less about workshops, and more about visiting rural villages, markets, and personal homes.  These are hard-to-reach places, and the day in Semuc Champey will be great to relax in nature and to refresh after potentially overwhelming our senses with all the colors and patterns imaginable. Last year, we were lucky enough to spot a few quetzales! Crossing our fingers for the same again.
$1750 per participant all-inclusive in Guatemala.

Want to hear more? Email me at mari@kakawdesigns.com

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Preparing Shibori Textile Travel Guatemala

 

Option 1: Creative Textile Adventure

August 1-9: $1950 per participant all-inclusive in Guatemala.


Aug 1(Th)

Creative Textile Adventure starts in Antigua

Arrive at Guatemala City Airport. Private van to Antigua.

Briefing in the evening, dinner together.

Stay in our favorite Antigua hotel that’s almost like a vintage collector’s dream come true.

2 (Fri)

Those with energy - walk up to the Cross. Breakfast in Antigua, then off to San Antonio Aguas Calientes for an Intro to Maya Backstrap Weaving Day.

Homemade traditional pepián lunch. Loom for you to take home and keep practicing backstrap weaving after the workshop.  Return in the afternoon to Antigua.

Stay in our favorite Antigua hotel.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

3 (Sat)

Expert textile lecture in the morning for further textile exploration, this time with samples from all over Guatemala. Have your questions ready!


After talk, we head to Sumpango for home-cooked lunch and embroidery workshop. Make sure to bring any personal embroidery projects or samples you might have to share! You can also bring clothes or fabrics for you to practice on if you’d like.

Head back to Antigua in the afternoon.

Stay in our favorite Antigua hotel.   

4 (Sun)

Chichicastenango market (the largest in Central America) in the morning. Mid-afternoon arrival at San Juan la Laguna. Relax, walk around the town.

Traditional home-cooked dinner.

Stay at an eco-lodge in San Juan la Laguna.

5 (Mon)

Optional: Early morning birding or hiking

Morning workshop: Natural dyes

Afternoon workshop: new natural dye ideas - shibori, printing, batik, depending on what participants want to share/explore.

Stay at an eco-lodge in San Juan la Laguna.

6 (Tues)

Morning workshop with partner weavers.

Afternoon workshops: TBD, depending on interests

Stay at an eco-lodge in San Juan la Laguna.

7 (Wed)



Visit a local corte ikat studio in Santiago Atitlán on the way back to Antigua.

Quick stop at San Antonio Palopó, visit a local ceramic cooperative.  From there, back to Antigua by car.

Stay in our favorite Antigua hotel.

8 (Th) Creative Textile Adventure ends in Antigua

A day in Antigua to debrief and relax.

Pompom and tassel making workshop at the hotel, accompanied by traditional headdresses to admire.

Stay in our favorite Antigua hotel.

9 (Fri)

Sad to see you leave! Private transport to the airport.




Weaving Textile Travel Guatemala

Option 2: The Quetzal Adventure

August 8-14: $1750 per participant all-inclusive in Guatemala.

 

8 (Th) The Quetzal Adventure starts from Antigua

Arrive at Guatemala City Airport. Private van to Antigua.

Join the pompom and tassel-making workshop at hotel with the first group.

Briefing in the evening, dinner together.

Stay in our favorite Antigua hotel that’s almost like a vintage collector’s dream come true.

9 (Fri)

Drive from Antigua to Tactic.

Traditional home-cooked lunch at Tactic cooperative.

Walk around Cobán a bit, take in the different traditional textile styles of the region.

Stay at a historic hotel in Cobán.

10 (Sat)

Semuc Champey in the morning, visiting the beautiful emerald natural pools in the middle of the cloud forest. If we’re lucky, we might be able to spot some spider monkeys around! Relax, take in the beauty, optional short hikes around the area for those interested. Good day to recharge after seeing so many colors and textures, not to mention meeting all wonderful weavers (and get ready for more!)

Return in the afternoon to Cobán.

Stay at a historic hotel in Cobán.

11 (Sun)

Chamelco - meeting weavers. Their regional weaving technique, picbil, is delicate and akin to lace in final texture. Be prepared to sort through some of their treasures for sale, and watch the weavers demonstrate this intricate backstrap weaving technique.

Lunch prepared by weavers.

Stay at a historic hotel in Cobán.

12 (Mon)

Breakfast at an eco lodge, hopefully see some quetzales.

Drive back to Antigua, arriving mid-afternoon.

Stay in our favorite Antigua hotel.                                                                                   

13 (Tues)

Debriefing and enjoying a day in Antigua together.

Stay in our favorite Antigua hotel.

14 (Wed)

The Quetzal Adventure ends in Antigua

Sad to see you leave! Private transport to the airport.



The Complete Adventure:


August 1-14: $3200 per participant all-inclusive in Guatemala.

 

What does it include?
We tried to make our itineraries as all-inclusive as possible, providing a collaborative group atmosphere among all the creatives.  This means that the listed prices include all workshops/presentations, all accommodations (double room), all meals, all private transport, and myself as a guide (Mari) who can also translate, explain, and facilitate textile experiences.
We know how important it can be to be comfortable after busy days full of inspiration and happenings - that's why we've chosen trusted hotels and restaurants. 
Bring a friend and receive $100 off!
Please note that the prices do not include airfare, travel insurance, or health insurance.