The process of weaving in Guatemala dates back centuries and has been passed down by women from generation to generation. The skilled hands of the Mayans have been weaving for over 2,000 years and to this day, traditional methods are still used. Traditional weaving remains symbolic to the local artisans because of its Mayan heritage and the value it holds to the weaver.
Guatemalan artisans weave using two traditional methods – the traditional back strap loom or the foot loom.
Back Strap Loom – The back strap loom is made of 5 essential sticks with one end typically connected to a tree. The weavers then create tension by tying the other end around their waist to weave.
Foot Loom – In the 15th century, the foot loom was introduced to increase skills and greater production capacity among artisans.
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