Archive for the ‘Guatemala’ Category

Mar 15

Guatemalan Basket Makers Triumph

Two years ago, I wrote this blog about our visit with the Guatemalan basket makers at the Mayan Hands field office in Panajachel. Every time ClothRoads receives a shipment of baskets, we marvel at the ingenuity and skill of the women who make them. We’ve followed along with their updates→ Read more

Dec 14

Tinkuy, A Gathering of the Textile Arts in Peru

Last month, over 800 weavers, spinners, knitters, textile enthusiasts, and scholars attended Tinkuy, the third international gathering of textile artisans in Cusco, Peru. And what a gathering it was. Artisans came from near and far, from North to South America, from Europe to the Far East. The Center for Traditional→ Read more

May 11

An Artisan in Support of Maya Mothers

From the moment Marilyn Anderson arrived in Guatemala in 1965 she was taken with the vibrant and colorful Maya artisan traditions. Throughout the 1960s and 70s she learned to weave on a backstrap loom and photographed artisans working in traditional techniques. She later used her photos to sketch, draw, paint→ Read more

May 04

Mothers as Artisans

I’m seated on the ground next to a Peruvian artisan from Chinchero, Peru, as she weaves on a backstrap loom. I carefully watch her fingers deftly picking a pattern, a pattern she has memorized, no notes needed. A baby is wailing close by, very close by. Looking around, I don’t→ Read more

Apr 13

Tree of Life Connects the World

The Tree of Life motif is recognized by cultures all over the world. The symbol often relates to myth and cosmology, emphasizing strong ties to mother earth and a living landscape connecting earth to the heavens. Ancient Tree of Life myths often revolve around creation and immortality. The motif can→ Read more
Mayan Gods

Mar 16

Maya Gods and Monsters

Creation stories are part of life and Maya Gods & Monsters by Carol Karasik will capture your imagination with tales of the supernatural. This beautiful little book delves into the ancient realm of the Maya underworld where gods and monsters thrive. New from Thrums Books, this collection of Maya myths→ Read more

Jan 12

Guatemalan Weaving Forms a Life

A few nights ago, I sat inside a church basement at a local weaving guild meeting to hear Deborah Chandler lecture on the simple looms of Guatemala and what the weavers do with these looms to create such complex cloth. Almost a year ago, ClothRoads traveled through the Guatemalan Highlands→ Read more

Dec 08

Artisans: Our Gift from Their Hands and Hearts

This is the season of slowing down, celebrating the holidays with family and friends, and gifting of presents made by you or artisans’ hands. Here at ClothRoads we honor the artisans who have made our lives better in so many ways. Over the past five years, we have shared stories→ Read more

Jun 09

Spinning a World of Cotton

White cotton, colored cotton, organic cotton, algodon, cuyuscate, ixcaco, and kuyuchi – cotton in all its varieties and names has shaped history and culture. This small seed has been secreted in pockets and carried to new lands. It has sprouted revolutions. And with the spread of genetically modified seeds, organic→ Read more

Jun 02

The Men Who Support Women Artisans Behind the Scenes

In this world of global textiles, ClothRoads works with male artisans but we also meet many men who support their wives and daughters behind the scenes. They are proud of what these women have achieved and they are humble, generally preferring to stay on the other side of the camera.→ Read more

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