A Hands-On Immersion in Oaxaca's Culture & Embroidery Traditions
Join us for Impressions of Oaxaca, a 10-day guided artistic journey to explore Oaxaca’s diverse craft traditions, natural beauty, and rich culture. On this embroidery workshop tour, you will take a deep dive into Oaxacan embroidery by engaging in hands-on learning alongside traditional and contemporary artists. On this trip, you won’t be a spectator, but an active maker.
A collaborative project between Kim Hunter of Traveling Traders Bazaar, artist and Professor Emerita Carolyn Kallenborn, and Oaxacan embroidery artist Miriam Campos, we dreamed up this trip to provide an alternative to conventional artisan tours by fostering interpersonal connections, developing intercultural understanding, and inspiring creative practice.
Inspired to slow down
This artistic immersion was developed as slow tourism. Inspired by the rural Oaxacan lifestyle in which it is common to use long, slow processes to visit, cook, walk and make. We hope to infuse a shift from a lifestyle of rushing and accomplishing to a slower pace giving you time to enjoy the beauty around you, to learn and to make, and to find moments of joy and inspiration.
Connect with Master Artisans
Our workshop sessions are taught by master artists and artisans who will share innovative and traditional embroidery techniques. We also will discuss the ethical practices of working with traditional artisans and imagery. Dedicated studio time is built into the program, giving you time to develop ideas and create your own project.
and gain an understanding and appreciation for the colorful history, culture, and techniques of Oaxaca.
with master artisans and other makers to learn and exchange together.
new works including creating your own idea of a sketchbook to record new techniques and directions for your own art practice.
Miriam Campos , Artist & Tour/ Workshop Co-Leader
Miriam Campos is a 3rd generation embroidery artist from San Antonino Castillo Velasco in Oaxaca. She and her family are known for their signature designs and colorful floral embroidery used in their traditional clothing. Miriam's mother Reyna Cornelio, grandmother Virginia Sanchez, and all her aunts are established designers and embroiderers. Miriam has exhibited in museums nationally and internationally including the Rufino Tamayo Museum in Oaxaca, Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, New York Botanical Garden, and the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.
Carolyn Kallenborn, Artist & Tour/ Workshop Co-Leader
Carolyn Kallenborn, Professor Emerita from the University of Wisconsin, is an internationally acclaimed artist working with textiles, film, installation, and community projects. She has 25 years of university teaching experience, leading students in collaboration and developing a personal creative practice. She has traveled extensively to research traditional and contemporary textiles and artisan projects. Kallenborn has been teaching, learning, and collaborating with artisans in Oaxaca since 2004. She has been a cultural, artistic, and technical guide for students, interns, academics, artists, and artisans. Through exhibitions and her documentary films Woven Lives and La Vida y Los Muertos, she helped introduce Oaxacan artisans to the international art community.
Kim Hunter, Tour Co-Leader & Textile Lover
Over several trips to Oaxaca, my husband and I have cultivated rich relationships with the land, people, culture, & cuisine of Oaxaca. Our passions have evolved into a business, Traveling Traders Bazaar, which offers hands-on, immersive tours into this fascinating region of the world. Deeply curious, appreciative of cultural differences and interpersonal engagement, we believe that by experiencing different cultures, we gain a greater understanding of the world, our place in it, and the better future that we can build together. It's in this spirit that we share the Oaxaca that we know & love with you.
How to join, the cost, and what's covered:
What is Covered on Trip
From June 9-19, 2023, we will be staying in a private residence in the colorful neighborhood of Jalatlaco with a private roof terrace with a kitchen and coffee shop in the lobby. There is a mix of single and double rooms with shared bathrooms.
We'll have continental breakfast and coffee on the roof in the morning before we start on each day’s journey.
All meals (except lunch on three studio days), lodging, tours, transport, activities, and workshop fees are included. Alcohol during meals, souvenirs, and some optional activities are not included. Lodging is not included for local participants.
[THE FLIGHT TO OAXACA and ground transportation ($15 each way) to & from Oaxaca International Airport (OAX) to Oaxaca City is not included. Please make travel arrangements to be able to join us in Oaxaca for dinner on Friday, June 9th.
Price & Payment Schedule
The price of this 10 day/ 11 night trip per person* :
- $2600.00 USD Single Occupancy (4 rooms each with 1 double bed); Shared Bed option, get $450 off each.
- $2300.00 USD Double Occupancy (2 rooms with 2 double beds)
- $1750.00 USD Local, No Accomodation (limited availability)
Single occupancy means your own room with one single bed.
Double occupancy means two beds in one room each with their own bed.
Shared Bed means two participants sign up together to share a room with one double bed.
Local means you live locally and do not need accommodations.
Payments for the trip shall be made in full, and include the NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT of $500 so we can reserve accommodations, transportation and artisan workshops.
*$750 Partner Option (limited availability) - Bring your spouse and partner along to stay and join us for breakfast and in-town group dinners.
Refunds for cancellations will be returned on the following schedule:
- 120+ days before the start of the trip, 80% refund (total minus deposit);
- 90-120 days before, 60% refund (total minus $1000);
- 60-90 days before, 40% refund (total minus $1500);
- 30-60 days before, 20% refund (total minus $2000);
- 30 days before, no refund available
How to Join
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We review each application to get to know each participant and give us insight to create the best experience for each group. Once we've reviewed your application, we'll reach out ASAP to provide more information and discuss next steps.
We will fill the trip in the order of payments received.
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