Two-Day Textile Tour

DAY 1: 

  • Watch these women weavers creating handmade pillows, wall hangings, and textiles using the brocade technique of backstrap weaving.
  • Learn how they hand warp yarn into balls, stretch the thread around the warping board to create the design and apply brocade and embroidery to backstrap woven textiles.
  • Hike in the surrounding Highlands to a Maya Ceremony Sites.
  • Get a personalized Maya Ceremony and learn more about Mayan Ancestral and current beliefs.

DAY 2:  

  • Learn how artisans make complicated designs by tying knots in yarn to prepare it for dyeing.
  • ​Visit a dye house learn about of resist dyeing.
  • ​Watch how artisans stretch yarn and untie knots along the Salamá River.
  • ​Visit local weavers demonstrate their craft.
  • Visit the first Catholic Church in Central America (La Ermita de la Concepción), built in 1524 and learn its role in Guatemalan history.

More information at Salcajá Tours

Time: from 10 am to 3 pm on both days (flexible)
Price: for information about our prices, please contact us.

The artisans are paid a fair wage for their time and involvement in each of the activities. Proceeds support our social community programs. (Pricing includes a tax donation receipt for US citizens)

Tours are in English and Spanish.

Included: Round trip transportation from Maya Traditions office to the community and typical lunches (vegetarian and vegan meals available upon request).

Tours are customizable. Homestay, private transportation, and other services can be arranged.