Guatemalan Woman Teaching Backstrap Loom Lesson

Lidia Lopez is an expert in backstrap loom weaving. Here she teaches visitors how to weave in her home in Guatemala. Weaving on a backstrap loom is truly an art form, and it takes many years of practice. Maya women teach their children to weave from a very early age so they have a trade they can depend on in order to support their families in the future.

Lidia Lopez Teaching the Art of Backstrap Loom Weaving

Lidia Lopez is a Mayan woman from Guatemala. She is very experienced weaving on a backstrap loom and teaches people from around the world the art of weaving. Here she is demonstrating the technique she uses to a group of visiting Americans and Japanese women.

Lidia Lopez Demonstrating the Backstrap Loom Method of Weaving

Lidia Lopez is a Mayan woman who lives in San Antonio Aguas Calientes, Guatemala. Here she is demonstrating the backstrap loom, a method of weaving Maya Indians have used for centuries to create beautiful textiles. She not only teaches visitors how to weave, she also dedicates most of her time teaching the children in Guatemala. Weaving is important to the Mayan culture because it is the method used to make the peoples’ traditional clothing, called traje. Also, it is a source many Guatemalan women rely on to support their families financially.

Ixchel Museum of Indigenous Dress in Guatemala City, Guatemala

This is a museum dedicated to the indigenous dress of the Mayan people of Guatemala. It shows the history of weaving textiles and how the tradition dates back hundreds of years. Although times have changed, the art of backstrap loom weaving has survived and is prevalent in the Guatemalan culture today. It is important to the Maya heritage and to each individual’s social and ethnic identity. The woman standing at the top of the steps in this video is JoAnn Paulsen, founder of www.guatemalanhuipils.com.

Lidia Lopez Showing Textiles she has Woven and Telling a Little About Herself and her Background.

Lidia Lopez is a Mayan woman from San Antionio Aguas Calientes, Guatemala. She has been weaving all her life and now teaches children in Guatemala the art of weaving on a backstrap loom. She also teaches at universities around the world.

Mayan Woman, Lidia Lopez, Explaining the Meanings of the Patterns on Huipils & What They Represent.

Lidia Lopez is a Mayan woman from Guatemala. In this video she is describing each huipil and telling what the symbols mean and where it came from. She has a huipil from Tactic and a ceremonial huipil used for weddings and special occasions. The symbols used on huipils today are the same symbols that have been used for centuries and they can tell a lot about where the huipil is from.

Lidia Lopez Explaining Symbols on Huipils & Their Origins

Lidia Lopez is a Mayan woman from Guatemala. She has been weaving on a backstrap loom for many years, and today she teaches others around the world the art of weaving. Here she is showing huipils from San Pedro Sacatepequez, Tecpan, Tamahu, and San Martin Jilotepeque.  Each village has a different style of weaving and the symbols they use can help identify their origin. They are the same symbols and patterns the Mayans have used for centuries.

Lidia Lopez Explaining the Meanings of the Patterns on a Huipil from Patzicia.

Lidia Lopez is a Mayan woman from Guatemala. Here she is showing a huipil from Patzicia, Chimaltenango and giving the meaning to each symbol in the pattern. Each village has a different style and the symbols on the huipils can tell what area it is from. This huipil is for sale and you can find it under the ‘Patzicia’ category in the ‘Huipil’ section of this site.

Guatemalan Woman Weaving on a Backstrap Loom

Guatemalan Woman Weaving on a Backstrap Loom

The art of weaving on a backstrap loom dates back to ancient Maya and has been passed down through the many generations of Guatemalan Women. It is the process in which they create beautiful vibrant colored textiles and Huipils. The weaver starts with raw cotton, which they clean, dye, and spin into thread. The thread is made into a warp and placed on the loom where she can then begin weaving. Many times intricate brocade and embroidery patterns are incorporated into the cloth. The process of weaving has changed very little over time and the techniques used today are virtually the same as they have been for hundreds of years.

Candis Krummel Winding Yarn Around Pegs on a Warping Board

Guatemalan women wind yarn around the pegs of a warping board to create the warp when weaving textiles on a backstrap loom.

For many generations the women of Guatemala have woven beautiful Huipils and other textiles on backstrap looms. They start with raw cotton to make the yarn. After the weaver has prepared the yarn the next step is to wind it around pegs on a warping board. The different colored strings are crossed at some points to separate the colors and create a striped pattern. This is called a ‘warp’ and it is attached to bars of the backstrap loom when it is finished. The length of the warp determines how long the textile will be.

Candis Krummel’s Weaving Center and Museum is a must-see if you are visiting Santiago Atitlan.