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 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.
Guatemalan people celebrating ‘Feria de Panajachel,’ a festival held every October.