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Northeast India | Passport to Folk Art Trip
Join IFAM and Josh Schrei to experience Folk Arts, Ancient Temples, and Natural Wonders in Northeast India!
November 8 – 20, 2019
TRIP COST: $3,900 includes meals, accommodations, flights within India, ground transport within India, park entry fees. Single room available for $1,000 additional. Includes a $500 donation to IFAM. Space is limited.
- Kantha embroidery of Bengal
- Mask-making traditions of Bengal
- Dakshineshwara Temple, the largest K?l? temple in the world
- Belur Math, the mission of famed Indian spiritual teacher Ramakrishna
- Kamakhya Temple, one of the most important goddess temples in India
- Umananda Temple, a beautiful island temple in the middle of the Brahmaputra River
- Eri silk and Ahimsa silk of Assam
- Tribal arts of Meghalaya
- The fabulous Ry Kinjai hotel, serenity by the lake
- Living root bridges of Meghalaya
- The rugged beauty of Kaziranga National Park
India’s magnificent Northeast provinces are home to pristine jungles and rivers, awesome wildlife sanctuaries, and some of the most diverse and unique arts traditions of the Indian subcontinent. The states of West Bengal, Assam, and Meghalaya contain numerous distinct tribal peoples, each of which has its own style of art and craft. The Northeast is also home to Kaziranga National Park, which features the largest population of Asiatic Rhinos on the planet.
Join IFAM and Josh Schrei of Tapta Marg Productions for this unique adventure as we visit arts, cultural, and wildlife destinations in this awe-inspiring region.
We’ll start in Calcutta, where we’ll stay at the magnificent Oberoi Hotel and immerse in the beautiful Kantha embroidery and mask-making traditions of the region. Then we’ll head east to Assam, home to one of the most important goddess temples in all of India and the heartland of Assam silk, Eri silk, and Ahimsa silk.
Just south of Assam is Meghalaya, the fabled Land of Cloud, with awe-inspiring waterfalls and home to the Kasi people, who make bridges out of the living roots of trees. We’ll explore the fabric and wood arts of this vibrant region before taking two days to visit Kaziranga national park, home to rhinoceros, elephant, and the elusive Bengal tiger.
Mexico City | Passport to Folk Art TripJoin IFAM and Peggy Gaustad on a journey to Mexico City including a very special private dinner the home of Frida Kahlo, MUSEO CASA AZUL!
November 13 – 20, 2019
TRIP COST: $5,350 per person, double occupancy; $650 single supplement; includes a $500 donation to IFAM. Space is limited.
- Spend 4 nights in the historic center of Mexico City at the newly opened Hotel Zócolo Central from where we’ll explore all that this extraordinary city has to offer in terms of museums, murals, folk art and food.
- Behind the scenes visits to the folk art collections of the Museo de Arte Popular and the Franz Meyer Museum.
- A private reception hosted by our friends at Bánamex in honor of the 20th Anniversary Edition of Grandes Maestros de Arte Popular Mexicano at the Palacio Iturbe where the Grandes Maestros collection will be on view.
- A two day excursion and overnight in the State of Mexico visiting the pottery town of Metepec and the weaving centers of Malinalco, famous for their rebozos, the iconic Mexican shawl.
- Returning to the city, we will spend our last 2 nights in Coyoacán, a municipality of Mexico City which has retained much of its village like atmosphere.
- Our farewell dinner will be a magical private evening at the Casa Azul, the former home, and now museum, dedicated to the life of Frida Kahlo.
Cuba | Passport to Folk Art TripHavana, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad
Join IFAM and its CEO, Stuart A. Ashman, on a fully licensed People to People journey to Cuba!
January 8 – 15, 2020
TRIP COST: $4,475 per person, double occupancy; $550 single supplement; includes a $500 donation to IFAM. Space is limited.
- The trip will include 5 nights at the five star Parque Central Hotel in Havana and meals in the city’s finest restaurants. We will have access to private performances, artist’s studios, cultural centers, museums and all that this remarkable city has to offer.
- We will also spend two days and nights outside of Havana in the city of Cienfuegos, on the Caribbean coast. This city, settled by French immigrants from Bordeaux and Louisiana in 1819, is home to a thriving community of folk art painters. Our visit will coincide with their annual regional exhibit of Arte Naïf.
- From here, we will visit the colonial city of Trinidad, founded in 1514 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.
- On our way back to Havana we will stop by the estate of Ernest Hemingway and the fishing village where he kept his beloved boat, Pilar.
IFAM CEO Stuart A. Ashman grew up in Cuba, the son of Eastern European immigrants who arrived in 1927. For the past 20 years he and his wife, Peggy Gaustad, have been leading trips to Cuba. Peggy is the regional coordinator for IFAM’s Cuban contingent, for both the artists and musicians that have been coming to Santa Fe since 2010. Our journey takes us behind the scenes with unique experiences that are born out of these personal relationships and of their deep respect for the Cuban people.
Cuba | Passport to Folk Art TripSantiago de Cuba, Baracoa, Holguin, and Gibara
Join IFAM and Peggy Gaustad on a fully licensed People to People tour to the Eastern Provinces of Cuba, with its unspoiled landscapes, exotic birds, historical landmarks, and remarkable beauty!
February 13 – 22, 2020
TRIP COST: $4,220 per person, double occupancy; $365 single supplement; includes a $500 donation to IFAM. Space is limited.
- Four days in Santiago de Cuba, a city rich in history from its founder Diego Velazquez, to Hernán Cortez, Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders, and Cuba’s national hero, José Marti. We will visit the community of Mella where IFAM artists, El Grupo Bayate, have transformed their town due in large part to their success at the Santa Fe Market. We will spend a day with the Conservator of Santiago in the Sierra Maestra mountains exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as Los Cafetales, French coffee plantations founded at the turn of the 19th century.
- Three days in the beautiful seaside town of Baracoa, where Columbus landed in 1492 and proclaimed it to be “the most beautiful land eyes have ever seen.” Due to its relative isolation over the past four centuries, Baracoa is steeped in traditions which include a cuisine unique to the area. Here we will visit with IFAM artist, Leandro Gomez, whose sculptures of jeeps and trucks depict the main modes of transportation in this remote town. We will be treated to a children’s choir performance and visit the Taino community of El Güirito, whose native identity and customs continue to this day.
- From Baracoa we will drive to the city of Holguín, Santa Fe’s Sister City, to visit the artists of Cuadernos Papiro, a fascinating paper and book making studio. They will be participating for the first time at this summer’s 2019 Market.
- Our last two nights will find us in the colonial fishing village of Gibara, a little gem of a town and a perfect spot to end our journey.
This trip will mark the 22nd International Folk Art Market trip to Cuba, led by Cuba specialist and IFAM enthusiast, Peggy Gaustad. As one recent traveler wrote to Peggy: “I have been thinking about our trip pretty much non-stop since we got back…you gave us such an incredible experience by introducing us to so many facets of Cuban life and art. It was many-textured on numerous levels and I doubt that most travelers would have access to the experiences we did. The love you feel for Cuba and its people was palatable and they return it to you tenfold. I can’t thank you enough for opening our hearts and minds to that glorious and generous country.” Anne Battle
Oaxaca | Passport to Folk Art TripJoin IFAM and Peggy Gaustad on a very special journey to Oaxaca City, the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and Huatulco!
March 3 – 12, 2020
TRIP COST: $4,600 per person that includes all accommodations, most meals, per itinerary (two dinners on your own), ground transportation, entry fees, per itinerary two expert local guides at all times. Single room available for $650 additional. Includes a $500 donation to IFAM. Space is limited
- Spend 5 nights in the charming city of Oaxaca where we will visit with several IFAM artists including: master potters Don José Garcia Antonio and Magdelena Pedro Martinez; totomoxtle artist Marco Antonio Ruiz; the weaving family of Juana and Porfirio Gutierrez; and alebrije woodworker Armando Jimenez.
- Visit the area’s spectacular museums, cultural centers and colorful markets.
- Enjoy the region’s abundance of folk art that is everywhere to be seen.
- Experience the exceptional cuisine for which Oaxaca is so famous.
- Travel to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec for 2 nights where we will be immersed in the textiles of this region, a style made famous by Frida Kahlo. We will learn about the food and dance that is particular to the Istmo and be treated to a Tehuano fashion show.
- Our final 2 nights will be on the beautiful Oaxacan coast in Huatulco where we will have the unique opportunity to travel by boat to the coves where the famous purpura pansa sea snails live. Here we will see how the artists have, for centuries, extracted the purple dye from these delicate creatures before gently placing them back on the rocks.
Brazil | Passport to Folk Art TripJoin IFAM and Josh Schrei on the Folkloric Arts of Brazil and the Majesty of Iguaçu Falls Brazil!
September 4 – 16, 2020
- Ouro Preto, Tiradentes, and São João Del Rei, some of the best preserved colonial towns of Brazil
- Inhotim museum and botanical garden
- Artisanal cheesemakers of Minas Gerais
- Miniature ceramics of Pernambuco
- Famed block printing of Pernambuco
- Traditional Brazilian lace artisans
- Nannai Coastal Resort
- The splendor of Iguaçu falls
- The famed Hotel Belmond Das Cataratas, luxury hotel directly adjacent to the falls
The country of Brazil is home to colorful folk arts traditions, a thriving modern art scene, and magnificent natural wonders.
Join IFAM and Josh Schrei of Tapta Marg Productions as we spend two weeks exploring some of the most vibrant destinations that this beautiful nation has to offer. We’ll start off in the heartland of Minas Gerais, where we’ll visit the quaint colonial towns of Ouro Preto, Tiradentes, and São João Del Rei and explore a countryside famed for its pastoral farmland and artisanal cheeses. Minas Gerais is also home to Inhotim, a world-renowned outdoor arts museum and botanical garden.
The next part of the trip will take us north to the coast of Pernambuco and Bahia, where we’ll visit traditional blockprinters, puppet makers, laceworkers, and ceramics artists and take time to soak in the spectacular beauty of the coast as we stay in two of the best coastal resorts in all of Brazil.
For those who want to add an optional 4-day extension (September 16th – 20th), we will visit Iguaçu Falls, the largest waterfall system on the planet and one of the great wonders of the natural world. From our base at the famed Hotel Belmond Das Cataratas, we’ll explore the majesty of Iguaçu by boat, foot, and even helicopter.
India | Passport to Folk Art TripJoin IFAM and Josh Schrei as we journey into heart of Gurajat and Rajasthan for 12 days of awe-inspiring travel, folk art immersion, and temple and palace hopping!
October 15-27, 2020
- The local handicrafts, fabrics and tribal arts surrounding Bhuj, including the Qasab-Kutch Craftswomen’s collective, the world-renowned Khatri block printing studio, and the Khatri tie-dye workshop.
- The opportunity to study with local artists and try your hand at block printing and embroidery.
- The sun temple of Modhera, one of only two sun temples in India.
- Rani-Ki-Vav, one of the finest examples of ancient stonework in all of India
- The markets and textile museums of Ahmedabad
- Agashiye rooftop restaurant, one of the best restaurants in India!
- A safari into the Little Rann wildlife sanctuary, home to unique native flora and fauna.
- The white city of Udaipur with its gorgeous lakes and palaces.
Adventures in Folk Art: Gujarat and Rajasthan: The Indian states of Gujarat are Rajasthan are known for their varied cultures, vibrant art, village handicrafts, jaw-dropping stone temples, and stately palaces. From the embroidery traditions of Kutch to the bustling markets of Ahmedabad to the white palaces of Udaipur, this is India at its most colorful and awe-inspiring.
This region is widely known for its artistic traditions — it seems that every village has its own expression of traditional craft, from world-renowned embroidery to block printing to vibrant painting and pottery arts. This depth and diversity of artistic expression are why artists from this region are heavily featured each year at the International Folk Art Market.
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Egypt | Passport to Folk Art TripJoin IFAM and BJ Adventures on this experience, including Cairo, Abu Simbel, and a 4-night Nile River Cruise from Aswan to Luxor in majestic Egypt!
November 11-21, 2020
Add-on to Jordan Available!
TRIP COST: $7,990 per person; sharing $1,890 single supplement. Based on 10 travelers, or a surcharge will apply. Space is limited.
- Navigate through 7000 years of Egypt’s stories at a privately guided early morning visit to the newly opened Grand Egyptian Museum.
- Be awed by the 13th century B.C. UNESCO World Heritage Site of Abu Simbel, visiting the iconic twin temples that were originally carved out of the mountainside.
- Enjoy a private evening dinner cruise along the Nile River aboard an elegant, traditional Egyptian felucca.
- Meet Market artist, Ahmed Kamal of the Tent Makers of Cairo in his home town. Kamal will take you on a tour of one of the oldest thoroughfares in Cairo – Shari Khayyamiya. There, you will witness, up close and personal, the ancient craft of Suwan, where portable tents are made from beautiful cloth patterns, an art form that has been carried on for hundreds of years.
- Board the elegant Sanctuary Sun Boat IV for a 4-night cruise along the Nile, visiting Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut, Kom Ombo and Karnak Temple – just to name a few.
- Stay at Egypt’s elegant “first boutique hotel” Villa Belle Époque, and the 5-star luxury Sofitel Legend Old Cataract, in a 19th century Victorian palace on the banks of the river Nile.
- Have the honor of dining with Dr. Zahi Hawass, one of the world’s most famous archeologists and Egypt’s former Minister of Antiquities. For more than thirty years he has been raising awareness of archaeology and the preservation of Egypt’s precious heritage.
- And, of course, no trip to Egypt would be complete without a visit to the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.
Egypt holds a special place in many a traveler’s imagination, with its legendary tombs, temples, pyramids and splendid, storied past. Take these magnificent monuments and more, from imagination to reality on the 2020 Egypt Passport to Folk Art Trip.
Uzbekistan | Passport to Folk Art TripJoin IFAM and BJ Adventures on this experience including Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, and Nukus!
October 8 – 24, 2021
Add-on to Kyrgyzstan Available!
- Journey back in time at the old quarter of Tashkent, Khast-Imam Square to see one of the oldest surviving Koran’s before visiting embroiderer Madina Kasimbaeva with her dark red “Palak” designs, Muhayo Alieyava’s Bibi-Hanum for contemporary apparel with Uzbek textiles, the Museum of Applied Arts and ceramicist Akbar Rakhimov.
- Visit the Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis of Samarkand, A UNESCO World Heritage Center, where elaborately decorated buildings that date to the 1300s reflect the development of the monumental art and architecture of the Timurid dynasty, and Valentina Romanenko, a famous textile designer known for her rich blends of silk, painting and embroidery.
Sightsee around the beautiful Registan Square and its imposing madrassahs, before making paper with local artists.
- Visit the biggest mosque in Samarkand – Bibi-Khanum and the colorful and frenetic Siob Market that is nearby.
- Find an antique ikat or embroidery at the Urgut Market before meeting ceramists at the Urgut Ceramic School.
- Continue on the Silk Road to Bukhara to visit the famous embroiderer Farkhod Ramazoznov.
- Pack in more of the beautiful artisan traditions of Bukhara by visiting a silk weaving workshop, the Bukhara Gold Embroidery Factory, the Museum of Blacksmith’s Art, and much more!
- Explore the historic walled city of Khiva visiting woodcarvers, carpet weavers and UNESCO silk weavers. Visit Nukus to see the Museum of Igor Savitskiy, where wondrous works of art from the Karakaplak people are housed.
- Along the way, enjoy unique Uzbek dining experiences and (including making pilav with locals) while staying in charming inns and hotels that are beautifully appointed with traditional Uzbek decor.
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