Guatemala Weaving

Weaving: An Art

Guatemala’s Ministry of Culture and Sports is promoting the revival of the ancestral practice of weaving. This traditional craft, passed down through generations, aims to revitalize indigenous weaving techniques and designs while honoring the skilled work of weavers.

 

 

Weaving: An Art
Weaving-An Art. Image Courtesy of the Ministry of Culture of Guatemala.

 

 

Weaving: An Art
Weaving-An Art. Image Courtesy of the Ministry of Culture of Guatemala.

 

 

Weaving: An Art
Weaving-An Art. Image Courtesy of the Ministry of Culture of Guatemala.

 

 

Weaving-An Art. Image Courtesy of the Ministry of Culture of Guatemala.

 

 

To promote the ancestral knowledge of indigenous peoples, which represents a cultural legacy in Guatemala, three gatherings were held as part of the “Art of Weaving” event:

  1. The first regional gathering, held in Sumpango, Sacatepéquez.
  2. The second regional gathering in Tactic, Alta Verapaz.
  3. The third regional gathering held in Totonicapán.

During these gatherings, artisans had the opportunity to exchange ideas, knowledge, and experiences, to learn a wide range of techniques.

 

 

Weaving-An Art. Image Courtesy of the Ministry of Culture of Guatemala.

 

 

Weaving-An Art. Image Courtesy of the Ministry of Culture of Guatemala.

 

 

Weaving-An Art. Image Courtesy of the Ministry of Culture of Guatemala.

 

Workshops were conducted by experts

Attendees also enjoyed exhibitions of textiles crafted by talented artists, showcasing the versatility and beauty of this discipline.

In addition to practical activities, the event offered spaces for exchanging ideas and inspiration, fostering a sense of community among weavers and building connections among those who share a passion for the craft. The “Art of Weaving” was not just an opportunity to learn and perfect skills but also a celebration of creativity, tradition, and human connection through the art of weaving.

 

 

Weaving-An Art. Image Courtesy of the Ministry of Culture of Guatemala.

 

 

Weaving-An Art. Image Courtesy of the Ministry of Culture of Guatemala.

 

 

Weaving-An Art. Image Courtesy of the Ministry of Culture of Guatemala.

 

 

“This activity is very important because it facilitates dialogue and also generates knowledge and experiences with people from other municipalities. It is quite important and exciting because you learn much more about textile art. One of the things that the Ministry of Culture and Sports can strengthen is providing technical support and seed capital to people in each community so that they can organize their own schools. Unfortunately, textile art is being lost in many of these towns, which represents a strong identity for Guatemala. If it can be maintained and rescued, this can strengthen Guatemala’s development and commercial ties through textile art,” explains artisan Diego Petzey, who has 27 years of experience as a textile artist.

 

 

Weaving-An Art. Image Courtesy of the Ministry of Culture of Guatemala.

 

 

Weaving-An Art. Image Courtesy of the Ministry of Culture of Guatemala.

 

During the event, various techniques were explained, such as embroidery, preparing threads in a vertical position called “warping,” supporting designs, and weaving, which involves the horizontal interlacing of threads. In the specific case of Santiago Atitlán, the textile canvas is first woven, and then figures of birds and flowers are embroidered, as they represent the territorial identity of the Tzutujil people, according to Petzey.

 

 

Weaving-An Art. Image Courtesy of the Ministry of Culture of Guatemala.

 

 

Weaving-An Art. Image Courtesy of the Ministry of Culture of Guatemala.

 

 

Weaving-An Art. Image Courtesy of the Ministry of Culture of Guatemala.

 

 

“As Maya women, it is important to share experiences that help us strengthen the implementation of new techniques and tools in weaving. We encourage and urge the state to make the work of weavers visible. This is a way to project the feelings of each weaver. It is also important for us to implement the initiative of Law 61-36 on Collective Intellectual Property, as we believe it is a right of women to rescue and defend our clothing. There should be no companies that can patent the original designs of each municipality, and this is a way to demand our rights,” emphasizes Marta Cux, an event attendee.

 

 

Weaving-An Art. Image Courtesy of the Ministry of Culture of Guatemala.

 

 

Weaving-An Art. Image Courtesy of the Ministry of Culture of Guatemala.

 


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