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.
The Guatemalan woman in this photo is weaving on a backstrap loom, just as her Mayan ancestors have done for centuries.
The women of Guatemala have worn the same traditional dress (called ‘traje’) for centuries. They have passed down the art of weaving these textiles through many generations.
Feria Panajachel takes over the town every October to celebrat Saint Francis of Assisi.
Huipils and textiles made by Mayan women in Guatemala are handmade. The thread is made by cleaning and spinning cotton.