Little Girl Wearing Traditional Mayan Dress Holding Worry Dolls

Little Girl Holding Dolls

This little girl is wearing traditional Mayan clothing. In her basket are small dolls called ‘Worry Dolls.’ The children of Guatemala tell one worry to each doll and place it under their pillow at night. In the morning their troubles are gone!

Guatemalan Woman Winding Spun Cotton Thread Around a Spindle

Guatemalan Woman Winding Spun Cotton Thread Around Spindle Before Weaving on Backstrap Loom

The beautiful Huipils and other textiles made by the Mayan women of Guatemala are all hand made. The first step in the process is to clean and spin raw cotton into thread. The thread is then dyed and wrapped around a spindle so it can be managed easier when weaving on a backstrap loom.

Guatemalan woman making thread from cotton

Guatemalan woman making thread from cottonThe Guatemalan woman in this photo is making thread from cotton.  The cotton is pulled and spun creating a continuous thread that is then dyed and finally used to create the beautiful huipils that we offer to you on this website.