Oaxaca Wool Textiles Experience – Private Tour

Oaxaca Artisanal Wool Textile Experience

We believe that the best way to connect with a culture is to participate in their local activities.

On this unique Textile tour, you will be engaging with local families and participating in their day-to-day activities. You will have an opportunity to see their way of life passed down through the generations and be part of their sacred practice.

You will be learning about textile weaving in a way very few people ever get the chance to, sample some of the local unique cuisines with a home-cooked meal, and even get to make your own mini-weaving to take home with you! This is the deepest connection to this ancient tradition you may ever get!

All bookings are private, so booking with friends works out more cost-effectively, as you share some of the expenses (such as guide, transport, etc). Discounts are auto-magically applied when you make your reservation.

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This tour requires a Local Payment in MXN
The Local Payment is a portion of your overall tour cost paid on the morning of tour departure, in Mexican Pesos. It includes “on tour” expenses that cannot ordinarily be pre-paid such as money that goes directly to the host family and meals. It is an additional cost to the price of your tour when you make your deposit.

The Local Payment for this experience is 1000 Mexican pesos per person (approximately $50 USD).


Oaxaca Artisanal Wool Textile Experience

Visit a local wool weaving collective and learn about traditional textiles from beginning to end from a local family in Teotitlan, Oaxaca


Item Details
Meeting Point Pickup at your Oaxaca City hotel
End Point Drop off at your Oaxaca City hotel
Duration 6-8 hours on average
Physical Level Low – this experience involves minimal movement for weaving and harvesting leaves
Cultural Rating Moderate – a good balance of cultural interactions, and engaging with a local family of textile producers
Ages 7+ (under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian/parent)
Group Size Private – Max 6 people per booking


Itinerary for visiting the Textile Weavers near Teotitlan del Valle

You will be picked up from your Oaxaca City hotel at 9:00 a.m. to get an early start at the weaving collective near the town of Teotitlan del Valle, which is internationally famous for its textiles.

We will visit one family in the farmland between Tlacolula and Teotitlan del Valle where their home and shop are located. The weaving home is approximately 45 minutes northeast of Oaxaca. We will learn their story and family history, along with how the textile collective was formed.

Upon arrival, you will receive a traditional Zapoteco welcome – the local indigenous group of this particular region. We will be spending the first half of the day learning about the process of how the sheep’s wool is turned into yarn, with hands-on practice and participation. You will also learn about how some of the natural dyes are made, and be able to help dye some of the yarn yourself!

From the natural dye ingredient selections to the fermentation to the dyeing itself – it is an ancestral practice that gets passed down from one generation to the next. You may be surprised at just how labour-intensive it is, to turn these basic (and sometimes unusual) ingredients into the beautiful colours and dyes you see in textiles all over Mexico!. We are sure you will find a newfound appreciation for this ancient tradition and the labour involved!

We will take a break to eat some snacks and try some local drinks, such as mezcal and tepache – a locally produced beverage made from fermented pineapple and raw sugar.

Now for the really fun part! You’ll get to see how all these ingredients get turned into the beautiful tapestries you see all over Mexico!

There will be a demonstration of how the looms work. You will even get a chance to help thread one of the looms in preparation for its use! After trying some of the loom work yourself, you are ready to make your own mini tapestry.

You will be able to choose your favourite colours of yarn and will be shown how to spool the yarn for the loom. Once you have all your colours selected and spooled, you will be taken to another loom and start creating your own mini-tapestry – a woven table coaster for your morning Cafe de Olla (a local coffee).

Once we’ve finished the weaving, you’ll have an opportunity to sit down for a traditional family meal together, with some food you’re almost guaranteed not to try anywhere else! You can chat more about your experience, and what you learned together with your host family, before departing ways.

This is most of a full-day experience where you will learn and appreciate the hard work of the weaving families and communities of Mexico. It will be a window into a normal day in these people’s lives and allow you to connect deeply by participating in their activities and connecting to the land they live off. The objective is that you can get a bond with the sacred practices of textile production – in the ways the weavers have bonded with this practice for generations.

Please note: There is not a Dress Code! You will be visiting a traditional family in the villages, so dressing respectfully is appreciated. You don’t need to dress to impress – you will be getting your hands dirty. It is recommended to bring modest, comfortable clothes, and that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty in. A more detailed list of suggested clothing attire can be found below.

What to bring to the Oaxaca Artisanal Textile Experience?

Though this could vary seasonally, this is the basic list of what we suggest you bring with you. Keep in mind, that your transport is private and secure, so you can leave some items in the vehicle when not needed:
– Jeans or long pants (this is most customary in Mexico, though shorts/dress are fine if you are most comfortable in that).
– Sneakers/comfortable shoes.
– Long sleeves or bug spray (there are mosquitos where we are going).
– Sunblock.
– Hat/cap.
– Covid Mask.
– Cash. The producers do not accept credit cards if you want to buy any textiles after your experience. There is no pressure to buy anything. Unlike other tour companies, the producers we work with will always get paid fairly for their time, regardless if you buy a textile or not.

What is included with the Oaxaca Artisanal Textile Experience?

Your experience includes:
– information provided before your experience to educate you and properly prepare you
– a specially trained and licensed English-speaking guide who will facilitate your experience
– transportation during the tour (a private vehicle to and from Teotitlan)
– translations with your weaving host family
– meal (includes a meal at the end of the day. Alcoholic beverages are not included with the meals)
– Mezcal and Tepache samples (please drink responsibly, you are at someone’s home)
– a special small gift to take home with you

What is not included when on your Artisanal Textile Experience?

Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
– International flights
– Transportation (outside of the included itinerary)
– Accommodation in Oaxaca
– Alcoholic beverages (outside of the included mezcal tasting)
– Gratuities and tips
– Spending money if you wish to purchase additional textiles, souvenirs, or items.

Supporting Local Projects with our TRiP Foundation

Every TRiP that you go on with WSE Travel, we will donate 2% (or $1/day per day, per person – whichever is greater) to an environmental or community-based project in the country you’re visiting. We want to ensure that every guest we help, in turn, supports and preserves the destination we’re experiencing together as a direct result. We live by an ethos of Travel Responsibly & Impact Positively (TRIP).

For more information on the projects supported by this experience, please visit our Mexico TRIP projects.

Cancellations & Rebooking

All tours, services, and experiences booked through WSE Travel are bound to our Terms and Conditions, which were modelled after most other travel services such as flights, hotels, and other tour operators.

Should you need to cancel or change your reservation for any reason (including but not limited to missed flights, illness, or change of mind), you will still be bound to the terms and conditions agreed to at the time of booking.

Should you give us more than 14 days’ notice of a change in your reservation, we can store your payment in the ‘safety deposit box’, to be used for a future travel date, either by you or be transferred to a friend or family member. Refunds are not available unless your reservation is cancelled by WSE Travel for circumstances outside of our control.

Should you give us less than 14 days’ notice of a change in your reservation, a rebooking fee will be imposed. We do try to be flexible for our guests, but not at the sacrifice of the livelihoods of all locals hired for your private experiences. As these are private experiences, your guide and any other local service provider block their days off from other work to accommodate your reservation, and may not be able to fill that day again in the event of cancellation.

To be fair and responsible to them and their reliance on your reservation’s promised work, your guide will still be paid for your reservation. As such, last-minute cancellations or changes within 2 weeks of departure will be subject to a rebooking fee of the online deposit, to re-hire a guide for your future travel date.

This flexibility is a bend in our Terms and Conditions to try to be fair both to our guests, as well as the locals hired to facilitate your reservation. If you feel there is a high chance of cancellations or changes, please make sure you buy appropriate travel insurance which will be able to reimburse you for cancellations of things such as flights, hotels, and tours.

7 reviews for Oaxaca Wool Textiles Experience – Private Tour

  1. Danica Pupa (verified owner)

    Incredible, immersive experience in the Oaxacan tradition of wool textile dyeing and weaving. Our wonderful guide Victor provided so much historical and cultural information on the ride to and from the village of Teotitlán. When we arrived at the home of Josefina and Javier we were warmly welcomed into their beautiful
    Weaving studio where Josefina took us through the entire process starting from carding the wool from the Criollo
    Sheep, spinning it into thread, dyeing it using crushed Cochineal bugs and other plants to get different colors, to finally weaving our own small pieces on a 100-year old loom. We met the whole family who are all learning the craft and Josefina even cooked a lovely
    Lunch for us all. The grace and beauty that this family shared coupled with their amazing expertise in this art form
    Was just amazing. Victor our guide also made a special stop for us at a candle- making studio nearby and was incredibly knowledgeable and warm. If you want a true experience of Oxacan artistic tradition don’t miss this!!! THANK YOU Ian, Victor and the whole WSE crew for arranging this special day!!

  2. Ilyas (verified owner)

    What an amazing day! Where to begin? From the richness of the beautiful colors of natural dyes to the hands-on experience of weaving on a 200-year old loom, to the patience and generosity of Josefina and Javier’s teaching. The quiet, countryside setting of this sixth generation of family weavers was so inviting. My terrific guide Christian was very attentive and sensitively offered nuanced suggestions that helped make the day complete. It would be lovely to bring friends to share this day with next time.

  3. Jason Gill (verified owner)

    I went in this tour in earlier this year in January and was quite blown away. I learned so much about the process of making a textile and what it actually takes to do it manually. My time spent with the family was really lovely and I could tell they really put their heart and soul into his work. I’m grateful for the opportunity and would definitely do it again if I was in Oaxaca. I just recently went through numerous photos and videos of the experience and my heart just feels so full remembering all the good times.

  4. Eric Whitaker (verified owner)

    The prior reviewers have summed up this wonderful experience perfectly. Josefina, Javier, and their daughters were welcoming and kind, and Laura was terrific. We learned an incredible amount and will treasure the memory. Very highly recommended!!!

  5. Donna Rose Ritchie (verified owner)

    We spent an amazing day with our guru Laura meeting Josephine and Javier. Their traditional textile production passed down for generations is incredible. Meeting their family and getting to try the traditional methods gave us such an appreciation for their incredible artistry ,skill and dedication. A beautiful family and a wonderful experience. Glad we chose Where Sidewalks End to support local artisans. We would absolutely recommend this experience to anyone. Laura was a wonderful host and translator as we have very little Spanish. She shared a wealth of local knowledge and it was a pleasure to meet her.

  6. Anne Everett (verified owner)

    This was an incredible day. Our hosts Josefina and Javier were welcoming and made us feel at home immediately. We also met their children and a grandson. A wonderful peaceful home. The weaving studio is amazing. As weavers, my sister and I were fascinated to look at different dyeing and weaving techniques. The chance to weave a small piece on a 200 year old loom was priceless. Our driver and guide Laura was first class. Lunch was outstanding. Our favorite day in Oaxaca so far. Highly recommended to weavers and non-weavers alike.

  7. Luna Rodriguez (verified owner)

    I totally recommend the Oaxaca Sacred Textile Experience with WSE! I joined this tour at the beginning of November 2021 and I had a marvelous time with Josefina and Javier at their workshop! The tour was very informative and I loved that I could interact with them and be part of the weaving process. I even created a coaster myself and took it home with me! If you are in Oaxaca, this is a must-do tour!

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