Caitlin Ahern founded the art tour company "Thread Caravan" after working in the fair trade business and realizing there was a gap between maker and consumer. Thread Caravan trips facilitate cross-cultural connection through art, adding value to handmade goods and makers, and thus preserving cultural art forms. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Caitlin has also called New York, New Orleans, Hawaii, Cambodia and Guatemala her homes for the past 8 years. She hasn't just visited these places, she's lived there, integrating with the local culture and landscape, an intimate feeling she hopes to provide travelers during Thread Caravan trips.
For more information about Thread Caravan, visit threadcaravan.com.
Owner of Uxibal, a fair trade boutique located in Antigua, Guatemala. Uxibal creates high-quality shoes and clothing using new and vintage Maya textile and crafted by local leather and weaving experts. The name Uxibal means sister in the Maya language Qu’iche’ and represents the company’s desire to improve the lives of women in Guatemala—a traditionally male-dominated society. They work with women of indigenous Maya descent, living in circumstances of extreme poverty, domestic violence, and sexual abuse. Maya women possess a rare talent for creating impressive handwoven textiles from scratch—a skill they’ve learned their mothers and grandmothers before them. By incorporating their traditional work into Uxibal's designs, they are creating a market driven solution to help these women to rise above poverty and bringing attention to the everyday issues they face.
For more information about Uxibal, visit uxibal.com.
A Freelance journalist who currently lives in Guatemala covering issues of indigenous rights. Originally from London, Jack studied history and became interested in journalism upon coming to Guatemala and writes about issues often overlooked by the main stream press. He writes about post-conflict justice and has extensively covered the trials of Sepur Zarco and former president, Efrain Rios Montt currently on trial for genocide.
Amira Marion is the owner of the Brooklyn-based company, Archive New York, which recreates vintage textiles for home furnishings. Archive New York’s philosophy is to honor the integrity of Maya culture & heritage: We carefully preserve each original textile, pattern and design to archive Maya artisanal craft techniques while committing ourselves to Fair Trade principles. Amira attended Parsons School of Design at The New School in New York and Paris. After graduating, she worked for John Patrick Organic and designed accessories for Madewell 1937 before heading back for another stint in Paris to learn the language and begin research on a project that would turn into Archive New York.
For more about Archive NY, please visit archivenewyork.com.