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Textile Traditions in Guatemala Highlands: A 15 Day Experience of Artisans, Culture, and Community

5/20/2015 to 6/3/2015
When: 5/20/2015

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 Textile Traditions in Guatemala Highlands:

A 15 day Experience of Artisans, Culture, and Community.

May 20-June 3rd, 2015





Tour Overview:

This ITAA Culture and Industry tour focuses on the Highlands of Guatemala where there are unparalleled opportunities to learn about the people and culture of Guatemala.  This tour is open to ITAA members who want to be immersed in a natural setting that is rich in textile arts, culture, ceremony, sunshine, traditions, and community.  (Details subject to change).

The tour will begin in Guatemala City with a special tour of the Ixchel Museum, known for collections of textiles, clothing, and books. We will also see the Guatemalan relief map, and Iglesia Yurrita.


We will then travel west to visit the Mayan Hands basket makers in Xeabaj  and Santa Appolonia.


Market Day in Salcaja where we will see ikat weavers and the oldest church in Central America.


Next is the coastal plain route to Santiago Atitlan. Along the route we will be above the cloud forest, experience the hot springs, visit Zunil, have lunch at Café’ Barrista.


In Atitlan we will travel by tuc tucs to the Atitlan Market where we will see artists that do beadwork, embroidery, and painting.


Our next stop is Panajachel which will become our home-base a few days as we travel across the lake each day to visit the villages that surround Lake Atitlan. Each village offers a unique textile art. We will also visit the rug hooking Cultural Cloth project. This organization is designed to use textile arts to empower indigenous women with education, sense of community, and livelihood through textiles.   


We travel to Chichicastenango where the famous open-air “Chi-Chi market” will delight you with color, ambience, and negotiating opportunities! Chi-Chi also offers convents, churches, cemeteries, and Mayan spiritual sites.


On our way to Antigua, we will visit the Ruinas de Iximche and experience Mayan Cosmology and Rituals. When we arrive at the beautiful colonial city of Antigua, you will experience rich history, architecture, food, specialty shops, chocolate makers, volcanoes, and markets. Antigua is designated as a UNESCO world heritage site. In Antigua we will visit a natural dye and weaving studio and have free time to explore, shop, and don’t miss a margarita at Frida’s!


Hotel in Guatemala City: Hotel Ciudad Vieja

Hotel in Panajacel: Hotel Dos Mundos

Hotel in Santiago Atitlan: Pasada de Santiago

Hotel in Antigua: Hotel Aurora


Tour Guides: Led by Jana Hawley ( and Eulanda A. Sanders (

Projected Program Cost: The total program cost is projected to be ~$2600, plus airfare. The final cost will be provided in the next newsletter.


An orientation seminar will be held Saturday, November 15th from 3:45 – 5:30 in the Graves room at the 2014 ITAA meeting in Charlotte. If you plan to attend, please notify Jana Hawley or Eulanda Sanders.


Applications and first deposit of $500 due December 15, 2014.


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