Textiles are a material manifestation of history, memory, and place, telling the story of people's relationship with each other, their landscape, their culture--as well as chronicling the influences of conquerors, colonists, pilgrims, and trading partners. The world's textiles are rich in colors, symbols, textures, techniques, styles, and uses, and made of materials as varied as the environments in which they are spun, woven, knitted, felted or crocheted.
The Fiber Arts Trail was envisioned in 2005 at a gathering of New Mexico’s rural cultural tourism advocates, and is home to Victory Ranch - known for its friendly residents - or 300 Alpacas.
Mexico's state of Oaxaca is known for its colorful and vibrant arts scene with good reason! Meet father and son tradition-bearers Alberto Sánchez Garcia and Bëërt Sánchez Martinez from the village of Santa Ana del Valle. This powerful profile of sixth-and seventh-generation Zapotec weavers offers insight into their inspiration, creativity and process...as well as a moving story of a father's journey to provide a life, and a legacy, for his son.
Check out BCD’s colorful Q & A with Marco Cobar who provides a virtual tour of Nim Po’t, home of the world’s largest retail Maya textiles collection. The immense store in Antigua Guatemala also serves as a retail museum showcase for hundreds of indigenous Mayan artisans. Let Marco explain the Mayan identity, history & traditions behind the textile patterns and costumes of San Antonio Calientes, Lake Atitlan, Tecpan & Patzún. Discover the challenges that traditional textiles are facing. BCD scouts out the most authentic experiences for you & offers local perspectives on cultural traditions!
BCD’s philosophy is ‘People are Culture’...experience this for yourself with our account of a day with a family of Kakchikel women of the Guatemalan village of Santiago Zamora. Savor a meal of tasty local dishes and enjoy a tutorial in traditional Mayan weaving, with a look at the brocade technique on the backstrap loom & efforts to convert racist attitudes toward indigenous toward traditional dress to into revenue streams. Meet the founder of a program to teach kids about traditional crafts & identity.
Leftkara lace making is a tradition brought to Cyprus in the 15th century. Today, its been designated as an item of endangered cultural heritage by UNESCO. Lefkara Handicraft Centre teaches the lace-making tradition to ensure its continued for generations to come.