Maybe you’ve heard the news – we’re so excited to be launching a new creative travel experience concept this year.
We can’t wait to get into all the weaving, dyeing, experimenting with fun creative ideas, together. We will be visiting our partner artisan groups with a small group of Makers (we’re thinking only around 6-8 participants for this first trip!). Can you just imagine all the sharing, learning, laughing we’ll do?
**Don’t worry if you don’t consider yourself a Maker – the artisans can benefit from any feedback from consumers, and you’ll have a grand time learning traditional techniques in Guatemala anyway**
One question we’re getting is…
Who are the leaders?
Well, that’s a fun team! It will be me and my mother, two generations; like mother, like daughter. My mom, Aiko Kobayashi, is a career textile artist and the reason why I have grown to love Guatemala so much (oh yeah, and also the reason why I was born in Guatemala to begin with!). Her passion for all things textiles, her knowledge of rural Guatemala and Maya traditions, plus her personal friendships all over the country makes her an excellent leader of textile tours, which she’s been doing for over 20 years now. But she’s been wanting to change things up, and I had this idea of creating an idea-exchange opportunity…. so we’ve teamed up to offer you this unique experience!
Aiko at her tapestry exhibit
Visiting some friends
I’ll be arranging all of the workshops, coordinating everything with our Kakaw Designs partner artisans. My mother will be bringing her experience leading international groups in Guatemala, her passion for rural travel, and most of all, her friendly relationship connections all over – people are sincerely happy to see her, every time. After so many years, she’s built strong relationships with people in rural communities, and it’s a treat to be invited into people’s homes, to share family updates, and bring back pictures for locals from the previous trip. It’s a nice personal touch that only she can provide.
Backstrap weaving magic
I hope this answers a bit about the leaders of the trip. Please let me know if you have any questions! We’re taking reservations for August trips, starting at only $1800. Let me know if you’d like to save a spot.
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