Trajinera Quilt Cruise
Sunday February 16, 2020
Video of the 2016 Trajinera Quilt Cruise
We will leave the World Trade Center at 9:00 am, crossing Mexico City’s main avenue: Insurgentes, where we’ll see emblematic buildings and areas of interest. We will reach the channels of Xochimilco (the land planted with flowers), considered Cultural and Natural World Heritage – the only remnant of the old channels that formed Tenochtitlán in pre-hispanic times.
Xochimilco is the only place where the axolotl –an endemic Mexican amphibian– is still preserved in its natural habitat. Here, tradition, colour and natural splendour will be combined with a beautiful Tenango embroidery class on board a trajinera barge. We’ll have a 4 hour journey where we will admire the landscape, listen to traditional Mexican music, visit one of the flower nurseries, and live the Xochimilco experience. A box lunch will be provided for all participants.
After the trajinera, we’ll go to the Dolores Olmedo Museum, located in the old Hacienda de la Noria, built at the end of the 16th century. Dolores was a close friend of Diego Rivera, Frida Khalo, Pablo O’Higgins, Angelina Beloff and many other artists. The museum houses her collection of her friends’ work, as well as more than 900 archaeological pieces and works of Mexican folk art. The original decor remains, just as it was when inhabited by Dolores Olmedo. The gardens are of an exquisite beauty and are home to peacocks and xoloitzcuintles (dogs endemic to Mexico).
We will continue touring some emblematic areas of the south of Mexico City, such as the National Autonomous University before returning to the World Trade Center at 19:00 hrs.
Fee: $110 USD ($2,000 MXN), which includes class with supply kit, entrance fees to the trajinera and the Dolores Olmedo museum, lunch and tequila in the trajinera, transportation.
If you wish register, you must first make full payment to the HSBC account N° 40535 92036 for Eduardo Ramírez Cato or through a bank transfer CLABE: 021 580 040 535 920 363. In order to pay by card now, click here (a commission of 2.9% is charged).
Account user name: Eduardo Ramirez Cato
Bank name: HSBC México, S.A.
Account No. 4053592036
Swift Code: BIMEMXMM
Afterwards, fill in the form below and upload your payment slip there. Without this step we won’t be able to track your payment and your place in the class won’t be confirmed.
Mini basic sewing kit » You will need to bring the following to class:
– Needles for hand sewing
– A dark and a light-coloured thread
Tenango embroidery is typical from the town of Tenango de Doria in Hidalgo, Mexico. It is made by the otomí indigenous community as a way to express their ancient culture, while also earning an income by selling different pieces embroidered in this style. It is very visually striking, usually employing very bright colours. The inspiration for these pieces comes from the flora and fauna present in the everyday lives of the Tenango de Doria community, such as chickens, dogs, wild birds, rabbits, horses, flowers, trees, etc.
In this workshop, we will learn more about the origins of this style of embroidery. Tips will be provided to make our own designs in the future and bring them to life using one single kind of stitch. A kit is included as part of the workshop.