Today marks Thread Caravan's one year birthday. As a small start-up company, we feel proud of all we've accomplished with the help of our community. In case you missed what we've been up to, here's a little recap:
Thread Caravan now offers a backstrap weaving trip to Guatemala, a mezcal and mole-making trip in Oaxaca and a sailing and embroidery trip in Panama. During each of our trips we employ skilled indigenous artisans to teach our travelers about the handmade process. During our trips we shop local and eat local -- supporting the sustainable tourism economy in each of our destinations.
In the upcoming month, we’ll be launching custom sourcing trips for brands who want to support sustainable production and have a more transparent supply chain. More on that in our next blog post about goals for the upcoming year.
We partnered with Sunski to create content for their brand in Guatemala. Read the story here and catch the video below.
Several of our friends in a master’s program at The New School in New York traveled down to Guatemala to create a short documentary about indigenous rights and weaving culture. They interviewed Thread Caravan founder Caitlin Ahern along with some other influencers in Guatemala to create the short doc. A longer version of the documentary will be shown at the Smithsonian museum this upcoming year.
In addition to the Nakem Narratives short documentary, Thread Caravan made a video of our own. Filmed by Karim Iliya and edited by Andrew McLain, the video provides a glimpse of what it’s like to travel to Guatemala with Thread Caravan.
Thread Caravan got some engaging press features this year, one of our favorites being with Majestic Disorder, an arts and culture magazine. Thread Caravan and Majestic Disorder teamed up to co-host a weaving trip in Guatemala. The magazine’s founders came down to collect footage of the trip and then wrote a 26 page feature in issue 6 of the magazine.
If you’re looking for a good digital read, this piece for Project Bly paints a solid overall picture of the business, and this piece for Suitcase Magazine is a great trip account from Thread Caravan traveler Emily Shamburger.
While there have been significant achievements this past year, there have also been challenges (as is usual in the first year of a new business). A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has supported us -- those who donated startup money, those who have come along on trips, our artisan instructors, mentors, photographers, graphic designers, writers, ambassadors, and even those who are just following our journey on Instagram. You are our community and whether you realize it or not, you helped us achieve wonderful successes this year, and helped us navigate through the more challenging moments. Thank you for believing in what we’re creating.
In the coming days, we’ll be writing part 2 of this blog post, focusing on our goals for the upcoming year. Stay tuned and maybe you can get involved in some of our upcoming project ideas!