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 is teaching a class on how to weave on the backstrap loom.
Lidia Lopez describing the meanings of the patterns on a huipil from Patzicia, Guatemala.
Feria Panajachel takes over the town every October to celebrat Saint Francis of Assisi.
Lidia Lopez is an expert in backstrap loom weaving. Here she is showing the different patterns used on huipils from the different villages around Guatemala.
Guatemalan women use raw cotton for weaving textiles. They prepare the cotton before spinning and dying it with natural dyes.