This summer, three new eco-fashion-oriented package tours will offer the chance for ethical designers, makers and consumers to meet artisan communities, take workshops in craft production and see the impact of their conscious purchasing decisions.
While different in structure, these trips all offer the chance to travel along an artisan product's supply chain, from visiting farming communities in Ecuador
, to knitting with naturally dyed alpaca yarn in Peru
, to shopping finished products in Guatemalan
Even for people who don't geek out on beautiful textiles and hand looms, these trips offer a different way to travel, one that emphasizes connections with the people behind your souvenirs.
Awamaki-Kollabora Collaborative Crafting Workshop
May 25 to June 2, 2013
Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Peru
Students, or travelers who seek an authentic off-the-beaten-path experience
"A cross-cultural tour pairing you with a Rumira knitter to develop a Kollabora knit item using local, hand-spun alpaca yarn. We trace the entire creation of your project through hands-on engagement: visiting alpaca farms high in the Andes to source fleece, learning to spin fleece into soft yarns, dyeing yarn skeins with native plant dyes alongside Quecha weavers, and studying the local backstrap loom."
Home-stays with Awamaki's host families.
Incan ruins, markets in Cusco, Machu Picchu.
Kollabora, an online community for DIY inspiration, projects, skills and supplies, in partnership with Awamaki, a non-profit that supports artisan groups in Peru's Sacred Valley.
$1,799, which includes home-stay accommodations, most meals, day trips, guides and crafting materials. Fee does not cover international airfare to/from Cusco, visas, travel or health insurance, tips and personal purchases.
For more information:
Visit the trip description page
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.