‘Feria’ is a time when Guatemalans and visitors alike come to Panajachel to celebrate and enjoy the gorgeous scenery. Some come to enjoy Lake Atitlan, and others find it a great opportunity to sell their goods at market. It is an exciting time for locals and schools let out when the fair takes over the town. There are performers dressed in costume, carnival rides, fireworks, parades, and even religious rituals performed in front of the Catholic church in honor of St. Francis of Assisi.
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.)
This woman is wearing a traditional style huipil and showing off her freshly baked pineapple upside down cake.
The Guatemalan women make thread out of raw cotton and wrap it around a yarn winder. This keeps the string from getting tangled as they weave it in and out of the pegs on a warping board.
Lidia Lopez showing a ceremonial huipil and a huipil from Tactic and telling the meanings of the patterns on them.