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Global Artisan Exchange


Join Living Threads Co. artisan Ana Mesia from Santiago, Guatemala at The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC for Conversation, Creativity and Culture. In partnership with The Museum, Living Threads Co. and La Puerta Abierta Learning Center we are excited to host Ana for this unique opportunity of cultural exchange, preservation of traditional craft, learning, and professional development. Please take part in a demonstration of traditional mayan backstrap loom weaving, learn how to embroider, and take home your own unique piece of embroidered artwork all while working directly with artisan Ana Mesia and Living Threads Co. founder Amanda Zehner.




Join us Tuesday, January 29th, from 3pm-8pm for an embroidery workshop and demonstration on the backstrap loom. Learn about traditional Guatemalan designs, and take home your own piece of embroidered artwork. Free.

Join us Wednesday, January 30th from 5-7pm for a panel discussion on the artisan economy, cultural appropriation, and women in the arts.

Ana Mesia is a mother of two, a teacher, and a Living Threads Co. artisan from Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala

Ana Mesia is a mother of two, a teacher, and a Living Threads Co. artisan from Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala


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Living Threads Co. provides special access, curated art, and cultural exchanges with highly skilled artisans in remote locations around the world through: (1) Artisan demonstrations and workshops with partner organizations in the United States; (2) Facilitation of custom product design and production for exclusive partner and Living Threads Co. product(s); and (3) Travel experiences through private and customizable trips.

Phase 1 | EXCHANGE| Host an Artisan

Bring a skilled Living Threads Co. artisan to your museum, membership, or community for hands-on demonstrations, discussion, and tailored presentations.

Phase 2 | DESIGN | Exclusive & Custom Product Collection

The designing of a unique product or collection of products exclusively for the museum gift shop and/or exhibit. Design work can be done in coordination with a designer or artist provided by the museum, or solely by Living Threads Co.  Products will be created in collaboration with the artisan guest hosted by the museum in Phase 1, as appropriate. Product may be launched and pre-sold during Phase 1 events.

Phase 3 | TRAVEL | People, Art & Culture      

Offer a unique and custom travel experience to your members as they discover the art, culture, living and workplaces of our partner artisans.  See how the products, exclusively design for your museum and gift shop are created. Get to know the artisans who create each piece and see first-hand the design and creation process, as well as the impact and challenges of supporting the artisan sector in some of the most remote communities around the globe.  Learn from artisans who have perfected their traditional craft over thousands of years, and help to break down borders by sharing culture and connecting people.

Join the adventure to create your own.