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Tour 4 : Classes of Mapuche loom weaving or Witral

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- 12 days,

- All year,

- Mapuche traditional weaving

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Duration :

12 days in total, 9 days of classes, 4 hours of daily lessons and 36 hours in total

Age Minimum :

12 years old.

Season :

All year.

Highlights :

Mapuche-Pewenche communities and the pristine nature they live in, daily living with indigenous families, forests, animals and places of Pewenche territory, manual with concepts and iconography of Mapuche traditional weaving, basic knowledge on how to engineer a Mapuche loom or witral, spinning and dying of wool, and making a textile piece.

Lodging :

Living with the weaver and her family who will afford the guest a private room, with the alternative to stay in a touristic cabin within the community (will incur an additional charge)

Food :

Mapuche gastronomy and farm products with a group option for a vegetarian diet. The program includes 3 meals a day.

Group sizes :

1 to 4 persons

Schedule :

- Day 1 : Transfer to Refugio Trafkura and cultural introductory speak around the fire and the mates.

- Day 2 : Transfer to Pedro Kalfukeo community, introduce the student with the host family and the weaver who will be “their master”. _

- Day 3 : Mapuche world and daily life, racing ships and washing wool.

- Day 4 : Spinning with spindle.

- Day 5 : Dying the thread.

- Day 6 : Engineering the loom.

- Day 7 to 11 : Learning to weave and making a piece.

- Day 12 : Free day, optional trek and departure.

Rate :

US$850.00 or $420.000 pesos per persons, with discounts for groups of 2 or more.

One of the most innovative programs of Trafkuraexpediciones for the 2007-08 season is, the traditional Mapuche weaving classes within Mapuche communities. This concept merges education, interculturality, and a close connection with nature which encompass the core beliefs and ideas of our ecotourism proposal at Trafkuraexpediciones.

For the weavers, the development of this project signifies their ability to contribute strongly to the economic and cultural sustainability of their communities and, enhance the value of their antique Mapuche textile art.

For the student this activity signifies an immersion in the rhythms and manners of subsistence and daily life of the Mapuche communities of southern Chile. And, of course the student will keep their own personal piece of their enchanted experience : their Witral.

In this endeavor weavers and the Trafkuraexpediciones staff are joining together to generate a flexible program of loom weaving classes open to Hispanic and English speakers.

Trafkuraexpediciones will supply a manual with essential concepts of Mapuche life and traditional weaving, textile iconography, pictures and rudimentary instructions in Spanish and English to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and unique vocabulary of Mapuche weaving.

Weavers are bilingual, meaning they speak the Mapuche language and Spanish but, most importantly the language of threads.

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