For the fourth consecutive year, a group of designers from Pratt Institute, led by program director, Rebecca Welz, faculty member in the Industrial Design and Foundation departments will travel to Antigua, Guatemala. We collaborate with local weavers, woodworkers, leatherworkers, a shoemaker, seamstresses and a silversmith to hand fabricate products. The weaving is done on a back-strap loom which is an ancient invention of a few seemingly loose sticks, some round and some flat. There is a thick leather strap that wraps around the weaver to pull the weaving taut while the other end is stretched from a pole. We find there is magic in the hands of the weavers and those loose sticks become the precise and articulate tools of the choreography of weaving.  Every stitch is counted and every weaving is planned to the last stitch. We learned that the weaving designs have ancient stories and are symbols of indigenous cultures. We find depth in our discoveries.

We stay in a lovely hotel in Antigua and walk on stone streets to our studio to work with the artisans. It's an amazing experience  The food is great and there are lots of things to see and do.

Contact Rebecca Welz at for more information.


May 23 - June 7, 2018

Pratt Institute for credit trip. This is a 2 credit studio elective.
Register in the Industrial Design Department.


June 8 - June 16 2018

Not for credit trip open to anyone.