LOTTA JANSDOTTER  | WEAVING + NATURAL DYEING IN MEXICO | OAXACA CITY, MEXICO  |  FEBRUARY 3 - 9, 2015

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Immerse yourself in Oaxaca’s rich traditions and cultures and visit the homes and workshops of different artisans on this Ace Camp with Lotta Jansdotter in Oaxaca City and surrounding towns. Lotta will teach color design for weaving and the group will head on a journey to learn skills of weaving and natural plant dyeing.

This is a seven day trip designed to immerse you in the rich traditions and cultures that make up the vibrant state of Oaxaca. You’ll visit some of the most beautiful and important cultural spaces of the country and witness the traditions of making native crafts.  

A major craft category is textiles. Textiles, made from cotton and other fibers and produced on backstrap looms, date back to the early pre-Hispanic period.  This form of weaving has been dominated by women since that time. Traditional clothing items such as huipils are still made on backstrap looms, while the European looms are used to produce larger and heavier items such as rugs, ponchos and blankets. Most items are produced with cotton or wool fibers, although some maguey fibers can be found and palm fronds are used to produce mats and hats.

On this trip you will have a chance to see it all!

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This Ace Camp includes:

  • 2 days of workshops, lectures and discussions with Lotta Jansdotter
  • 6 nights*  (based on shared occupancy)
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 4 dinners
  • 2 days of guided tours with one of the best guides in Oaxaca
  • A guided tour of Museo Textil de Oaxaca
  • Weaving workshop with a skilled expert
  • Mezcal tasting
  • Admission and tour fees - local museums
  • Tips - Guides

*Rooms are shared with one other person.  Unfortunately, there is no opportunity for single rooms.

This Ace Camp is limited to 10 people.

Airfare + airport transfer are not included, however, low cost rides from the airport are available and will drive you right to our hotel in Oaxaca.

Fee:  $2149.00 - airfare is not included

Deposit:  $1149.00 - due when place in workshop is confirmed 

Final Payment of $1000.00 due November 7, 2014

Colors + Dyes used in weavings.

Colors + Dyes used in weavings.

LOTTA JANSDOTTER

Lotta Jansdotter’s designs are like little plants working their way through cracks in the sidewalk. Things of simple beauty that bring relief to the urban landscape. Lotta’s work is about her life, and life is her inspiration. Her genius lies in exploring the beauty of everyday things.

Her look is sleek and urban and her products are created for a busy city life. Her awareness, substance and instinctual sense of style are perfectly suited for contemporary lifestyles. Learn more about Lotta Jansdotter by visiting her website www.jansdotter.com.

 
Lotta Jansdotter

Lotta Jansdotter

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WHERE WE'RE STAYING:

Hotel Casa Azul de Oaxaca is a tiny boutique hotel in the Oaxacan city center that’s a quiet showcase for the city’s modern design scene. The attention given to working with local artists means more than simply that Hotel Casa Azul de Oaxaca is just a well-designed hotel; it is a statement about the importance of Mexican design in the international landscape.

Every element of hotel Casa Azul de Oaxaca has been conceptualized and produced by a Mexican artist. Cooly shadowed walkways leading to patios, cactus, and hidden retreats within the walls of Hotel Casa Azul de Oaxaca make for an environment open to the interpretation of each guest’s personal experience. 

Oaxaca City is a colonial city protected by the UNESCO world heritage convention and is revered as the culinary capital of Mexico. It is packed with inexpensive markets and elegant five-star restaurants serving some of the tastiest food in the world. 

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Hotel Azul

In Oaxaca the best food is not found in the high-end restaurants but in the street food stands and neighborhood markets - you can chose from empanadas de huitlacoche, tinga, amarillo, coloradito or rajas, enfrijoladas, enmoladas, caldo de rez, caldo de pollo, mole negro, huevos al gusto, memelas con asiento as well as champurrado, chocolate atole, jugo de naranja, papaya or zanahoria, café, hojaldras…and so on.

THE PLACES YOU WILL VISIT...the things you'll do.

Teotitlan del Valle – Visit the hub for the world-famous, traditional, woven, wool blankets and rugs of the state of Oaxaca.

Museo Textil de Oaxaca - Eric Chavez is the education liaison at the Textile Museum in Oaxaca and will take us on tour throughout the museum.

Ocotlán de Morelos - Market day is an amazing array of colours, crafts and regional food.

A guided tour of Santo Tomas Jalietza

Learn the art of Tejido - a Mexican weaving technique.

Free day in Oaxaca City with a visit to the Saturday market – optional activities include a cooking class or temazcal - a traditional steam bath.

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TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

Oaxaca remains one of the safest states in Mexico

ACE CAMPS administration will email you when it is time to make your travel arrangements. This email will always be sent 60 days or more before your trip departs unless you book within 60 prior to the camp. 

Oaxaca-Xoxocotlan Airport (IATA code OAX) is approximately 7 km (4.3 mi) south of Oaxaca city centre. Airlines that fly to the state include Mexicana, Aeroméxico, Aviacsa and Aerocalifornia arriving from Mexico City, Acapulco, Villahermosa and Tuxtla Gutiérrez. 

WEATHER

Daytime temperatures are almost always moderate, in the 70s, but the evenings from mid-December through mid-January are often quite cool, especially outside of downtown Oaxaca.

During the daytime, short sleeves are advisable, but one is cautioned that the mornings, and of course night-time, can be quite cool. Accordingly, for those vacationing in Oaxaca at this time of year, it’s strongly recommended that a sweater or jacket be packed in the suitcase.

OAXACA NATIVE CRAFTS

The traditions of Mexico’s colourful folk art and handicrafts have been passed down through generations.
Today, artists still use the same techniques and skills that were used by the ancestors hundred of years ago. In Oaxaca, the weavers, black ceramic artists, and wood whittlers create pieces that are not found anywhere else in the country. What better way to learn about these antique art forms and collect original samples than to visit the workshops of these artists who are keeping their ancient traditions alive.


ITINERARY

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Arrival to Oaxaca
Transfer to hotel and settle into your accommodation.  A charming colonial hotel that will be your home for 6 nights.

Meet + Greet and dinner at Hotel Azul

This evening Lotta will go over the itinerary and the plans for the week

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Breakfast at the hotel

Morning:  
Morning discussion with Lotta Jansdotter on using color in design.

Lunch – with group on the Zocalo.

Afternoon:
Learn the art of Tejido - a Mexican weaving technique.
Using the same method as the master weavers of Oaxaca, students will learn to make a small woven piece of their own design and color. This class is taught by a local indigenous weaver. Supplies are included.

After class - 
Oaxaca Textile Museum (Museo Textil de Oaxaca) - Eric Chavez is the education liaison at the Textile Museum in Oaxaca and will take us on tour throughout the museum - one exhibition of textiles and processes of three natural dyes of Oaxaca: Cochineal, Indigo and Purple Snail; and a second exhibition about a textile artist Maddalena Forcella

Lotta will lead a short discussion after the tour and tie everything in together before dinner at a cafe or outdoor terrace bar.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Breakfast at the hotel

Morning:  Tour to Teotitlan del Valle with guide

You will be met by your guide in the hotel lobby in the morning for a private tour and excursion to learn about their initiatives to revive cochineal in Oaxaca as a primary source for red dye. Dyeing techniques - Murex, natural dyes and would like to visit a natural dying facility. Teotitlan del Valle which is known particularly for it’s colorful, hand-woven rugs,  naturally-dyed textiles, as well as elaborately decorated hand-made candles made of beeswax, shiny metallic paper and paper flowers

Lunch - TBD

Afternoon: 
Head back to Oaxaca to to continue with weaving project and class - Part 2

5:30pm A visit to Los Baules de Juana Cata - a most unique textile store

6:30pm Learn about Mezcal during a class at a local agency

Dinner – on your own (a list of restaurants will be given to you to help with your decisions to dine in Oaxaca)

 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Breakfast at hotel

Early morning drive for market day in Ocotlan, south of Oaxaca City.  Ocotlán de Morelos' core turns into one of the region's biggest and best markets. Located about 35 kilometres south of Oaxaca's centre, it is definitely worth the trek.

After the market we will have a guided tour of Santo Tomas Jalietza to see the backstrap weavers working in the zocalo.  Our guide will take us to some private homes in the area.

Late lunch at Comedor Mary.

Workshop after lunch with Lotta Jansdotter - discussions and practices of color design and review of the day.

Group Dinner – TBD

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Breakfast at the hotel

Oaxaca Saturday Market
We will walk to the Oaxaca City market, also known as Abastos Market becomes which becomes alive with artisans from the early morning to afternoon. On a typical day in the Abastos market in Oaxaca you will find luscious tropical fruits, herbs, turkeys, rugs, baskets, camera toting tourists, wandering children that have seemingly grown up in the market, tortilla making, cheese vendors, and even grasshoppers to eat. At the market you will encounter Trique Indian weavers using looms to create intricate textiles and rugs for sale from world renowned Teotitlán del Valle. You can also find bread, chocolate, jewelry, baskets, ceramics, sandals, hammocks, and hundreds of other signature items. You will have time to wander on your own to explore and shop.

Lunch  -  on your own.

At a set time the group will meet for a discussion with Lotta Jansdotter.

Dinner - on your own.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Breakfast at hotel

Morning session with Lotta Jansdotter followed by an afternoon to explore Oaxaca City and check out the local markets, museums and sights.

8:00pm Dinner – TBD – Final Dinner

Monday, February 9, 2015

Breakfast at hotel

Departure from Oaxaca.  After breakfast we say our final adioses and head our own way.

 

Nota Bene: this is a prospective itinerary. It is subject to modest modifications, dependent on local weather, new opportunities and the desires of the group.