I'm very excited to have recently discovered the existence of Thread Caravan, a new company based in the United States that offers travel packages centred on art workshops around the world. Their current tour is Hilo Colectivo (Thread Collective), a week-long trip to Guatemala's Lake Atitlan to visit and learn from artisans of Maya Traditions Foundation, which promotes traditional crafts, in particular weaving, by supporting artisans and connecting them with international Fair Trade business opportunities. There is one tour in August and one in October.
Hilo Colectivo includes a comprehensive introduction to Mayan backstrap weaving, from dyeing to spinning to working on the loom. It also takes in surrounding sights including the colonial town of Antigua, and optional excursions to Volcano Pacaya or the Mayan Iximche ruins. Participants stay at the lovely-looking Pamakanya Villa. You can find out more at www.threadcaravan.com and follow Thread Caravan on Instagram.
All images from Thread Caravan's website.