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The Textile Society of America—Study Tour Mexico—The Oaxacan Highlands

October 6, 2012

Weaving, sericulture, natural dyeing, indigenous culture, colonial cities and small villages.

February 23–March 2, 2013

In this intimate trip, limited to just 10 participants, and specially designed for TSA members, Hector Meneses (Director, Oaxaca Textile Museum), and Eric Mindling (Founder, Traditions Mexico) will guide participants into the heart of Oaxaca’s vibrant and varied weaving traditions. Highlights include travel into the Sierra Madre to visit one of the last areas where sericulture is practiced in Mesoamerica, a day with weavers and natural dyers in Teotitlan, a village of over 4,000 tapestry weavers, and visits in the homes of backstrap weavers, basket plaiters as well as a research center where cochineal is cultivated and studied. Providing firsthand historic and cultural context are visits to great markets, indigenous ruins, stays in villages, lunch with families, and explorations of old Oaxaca city, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Tour Highlights

  • Colonial Oaxaca City with special guided tour of the Oaxaca Textile Museum by director Hector Menses
  • Person-to-person encounters with traditional weavers and artisans
  • Sericulture revival in the Sierra Madre
  • Backstrap weaving
  • Cochineal cultivation and dyeing
  • A village of 4,000 tapestry weavers
  • Hand-made paper and basketry
  • The palaces and temples of Mitla and Monte Alban
  • Indigenous Sunday Market
  • Authentic and utterly delicious Oaxacan cuisine
  • Small group travel

A partial scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is available for one participant. The deadline for this competitive scholarship is November 1, 2012. The scholarship application form as well as complete tour information and registration forms can be found at

Registration closes December 15th, 2012, or as soon as the tour roster is full. Please register early to guarantee your place.