Guatemalan women have been weaving on backstrap looms for centuries. They first start with raw cotton that they clean, dye, and spin. The dry thread is wound around a yarn winder to keep it from tangling while they weave it in and out of the pegs on a warping board. This warp will be set on the bars of the backstrap loom, and then they can begin the process of weaving Huipils and other beautiful textiles.
This is Lidia Lopez, a native Mayan woman from Guatemala, showing some of the textiles she has woven on a backstrap loom.
Lidia Lopez is teaching a class on how to weave on the backstrap loom.
Lidia Lopez and her family demonstrate cooking a traditional Guatemalan meal called Pepian (also spelled Pipian.)
Lidia Lopez describing the meanings of the patterns on a huipil from Patzicia, Guatemala.
Guatemalan people celebrating ‘Feria de Panajachel,’ a festival held every October.