Groups from the Past!

Is YOUR group’s photo here?!

Here are 61 photos of groups from the past, all the best ones we could find so far. See if your group is here! Not in chronological order. Let me know if I have any incorrect dates. I feel very lucky to have known all these wonderful people!

Ikat weavers, India.

INDIA 2018: Salvi family of master silk ikat weavers explains their complex techniques.


Group on steps in Chefchaouen Morocco.

MOROCCO 2018: We’re headed to a cooking class in the blue city of Chefchaouen. Great driver Abdul at right.


Group heading to Angkor Wat, Cambodia

THAILAND, LAOS, CAMBODIA 2018: At our Siem Reap hotel, ready to head for fabulous Angkor Wat.


Group of textile tour people, India

INDIA 2018: Happy day at the salty lakes of northern Gujarat state; we had just seen a herd of wild asses!


Group of hikers on Turkey coast.

TURKEY 2013: Hiking trip on the woodsy Mediterranean coast with our wonderful guide Zeynep in purple.


Knitting and weaving tour to the Andes. Group at hotel in Cuzco

PERU 2018: Textile Tour group with Nilda Callañaupa, heading out for a great natural dye workshop. Cuzco.


Group with bead artist, Cedi in Ghana

GHANA 2018: Barou and BTSA group, ready to start a bead-making workshop with Cedi, the glass artist.


INDIA 2018: We’re happy with our tie-dyed scarves, made with Master Bandhini artist, son and grandsons.


group from the past Morocco textile tour

MOROCCO 2016: Argan tree with goats (above Ali’s head) who eat the nuts. The rest are made into argan oil.


Group at Machu Picchu with Inca stones.

PERU 2009: We’ve climbed to the top of Machu Picchu and the Inca stonework is amazing!


Sitting people on reed island with toddlers.

PERU 2007  Urus Islands in Lake Titicaca, with Cynthia’s god-daughter Anita. This is one of the early groups from the past- the long-ago past!


group from the past in Turkey with Cynthia Samake

TURKEY 2012: BTSA textile/culture tour group among the columns of the Athena Temple, Assos-Behramkale.


NORTHEAST INDIA 2016: At Tawang Nunnery with drivers Daniel, Manoj and Nomo. Littlest nun on my lap.


MEXICO 2010: Final dinner of textile and festival tour in Oaxaca; with Chloe Sayer in blue/black huipil.


INDIA 2009: To enter a New Delhi mosque, we donned colorful but very modest bag dresses!


Group sitting on steps of old building in Bolivia.

BOLIVIA 2017  Carnival and textiles tour group. With Liz Rojas at Candelaria Hacienda outside of Tarabuco.


Lunch in Oaxaca Mexico

MEXICO 2010: One of the UREP research groups from the past, headed to the Assumption Festival. Oaxaca.


Group from the past, travelers to Peru in Lima

PERU 2015: We visited the little-known Museo del Andres Castillo, with its good collection of ancient artifacts.


TURKEY 2007:  Knitters hit the huge Yarn Market near the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.


MEXICO 2013: Visiting the municipal art museum near Oaxaca city, with Chloe Sayer, far right.


MALI 2011: Our Tuareg friend Halis showed us around his Sahara Desert town of Timbuktu; yes, it’s real!


GUATEMALA 2014: Ready for the ride across Lake Atitlan to Santiago Atitlan, to see embroidered huipiles.


BOLIVIA 2005: My super students from University of CA Davis Summer School Abroad ‘World Textiles’ class; Tiwanaku. One of my favorite groups from the past!


TURKEY 2008: Learning how rugs are knotted and woven, in a little carpet shop in Cappadocia.


PERU and BOLIVIA 2006:  Private tour ladies relaxing with our knitting at lakeside Titicaca hotel.


Relaxed group from the past, long ago in Thailand!

LAOS 2006:  University Research Expedition Program: Weaving group at dinner break by the Mekong River.


Athena Temple- Steve Chun

TURKEY 2014: Amidst the columns of Athena Temple at Assos; guide Zeynep bottom right. (Steve Chun photo)


Peru travel group in Lima.

PERU 2010: After a morning of seeing ancient textiles in Lima museums, we had lunch at El Bolivariano.


Private tour at Tikal, Guatemala.

GUATEMALA Private tour with friends at Tikal National Park, Maya site.


TURKEY 2014:  At the UNESCO World Heritage site of Divrigi, beautiful and historical hospital-mosque.


TURKEY: Exploring Cappadocia’s eroded sandstone formations and visiting the painted cave churches.


MEXICO:  Waiting for the embroiderer to come back so we can see his work! Juchitan. Chloe Sayer, far left.


MOROCCO 2016: Leaving the Marrakech medina for the Majorelle Museum to see the Berber jewelry.


MEXICO 2010: Lunch in Teotitlan del Valle, famous rug weaving town, outside of Oaxaca.


TURKEY: The Muchachas group on a Textile Tour, at the famous and exquisite Blue Mosque in Istanbul.


LAOS 2009: We donated school supplies and met the teachers and girls at a rural elementary school.


TURKEY: We have just spent the night in a village homestay; super guide Fatih and best driver Ahmet at left!


Showing off our beautiful scarves! Turkey

TURKEY 2012: Showing off our hand block-printed scarves in Tokat. Many friends from Alaska on this trip.


INDIA 2013:  Happy with our hand-dyed and tied silk scarves made with the help of a Master Dyer! Bhuj town.


ARGENTINA 2016: Knitters gather at the Estancia; fab cooks Rebecca and Maria on either side of Cynthia.


PERU 2006: UC Davis Summer School Abroad camps out in Paucartambo for the Virgin of Carmen Festival.


MALI 2011    Headed out to the mudcloth (bogolan fini) village, to meet the artists, and try mud painting.


INDIA 2017   We’re proud of the scarves we stamped with hand-carved blocks at  friend Deepak’s studio.


MALI 2012  Nighttime celebration at Papou’s wedding festival in Barou’s hometown of Segou.


BOLIVIA 2006   At the Cruz mask-maker studio before heading to Oruro for Carnival; La Paz


GUATEMALA 2016: Dear friend Tomasa with us at a restaurant outside of Patzun. She embroidered my huipil.


ARGENTINA 2016:  Taking a break on our Street Art Tour in Buenos Aires. It’s everywhere and all legal!


Group of women with white masks wait to tour a hat factory in Sucre.

BOLIVIA 2017: We’re here to tour the SUCRE Hat Factory, not to stage a hold-up! Masks ostensibly will protect us from flying fleece.


GUATEMALA 2014: Leaving the hotel for the airport, to fly to the Tikal Mayan ruins in the jungle.


MOROCCO 2008: Travelers at Volubilis Roman ruins; 32-day private tour. Mali and Ghana were next….


MOROCCO 2017   Camel riding group! We rode and climbed the golden-pink Sahara dunes to see the sun set.


INDIA 2015  Ladies play dress-up in Saris at the Good-bye Party on the Brahmaputra River beach!


INDIA 2017   Checking out the organic cotton fields. The guide sews his own exquisite handspun cotton clothes!


CAMBODIA 2015  Angkor Thom – Ancient Khmer temple with strangler fig roots, and our driver, Sai.


GHANA 2011:  At Jamestown fishing port with guide Mark who showed us the boat building processes.


ARGENTINA 2015  Happy Knitters’ group with Joji Locatelli and Alejandra Pont, and other great knitters!


BOLIVIA 2018: We just toured the Sucre Hat Factory.


PERU 2011 Visiting friends on Urus Islands, floating in Lake Titicaca.


INDIA 2011: New Delhi visit to the Qu’tub Minar with great guide Manish.


Knitters in Cuzco hotel courtyard.

PERU 2008:  Knitters and two of my wonderful cousins. BTSA textile tour group, in Cuzco hotel courtyard.


INDIA 2011: Showing off our hand-tied and dyed silk scarves with the master bandhini artist; Bhuj.

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