Weaving in Guatemala

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Textiles have an appreciation for the wonderfully colorful and stunning clothing textiles found in Guatemala

Trama Textiles

 Location:

Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango

 

Description:

 

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Quetzaltenango is truly a beautiful city and is commonly known by its indigenous name Xela. Located high up in the Sierra Madres, at an elevation of 2,200 meters, Quetzaltenango is surrounded by mountains and volcanoes, laced with narrow, cobblestone streets built for walking and filled with the colorful signs of Mayan culture. Throughout Quetzaltenango there are old classical buildings and monuments. The contrast between the old and the new is especially visible in the centre of the city around "Parque Central" and is what gives the city its charm.

Price:

$25.00 p/p

Includes:

During the five hours you will learn about waist loom weaving, in the process accompanied by a weaver, and have a new experience in Guatemala.

What to bring:

Camera, Comfortable clothing

Transportation:

Not included, but ask for our transportation prices

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Tzutujiles Textiles

 Location:

San Pedro la Laguna, Sololá


Description:

 

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San Pedro la Laguna is a friendly Mayan village located on the shores of Lago de Atitlan (Lake Atitlan) in the department of Sololá, Guatemala, Central America. San Pedro is known for its night life with lots of parties, while most of the other villages around the lake are more about nature and meditating. That's not all that goes on in town, many travellers visit to study at one of the Spanish schools, take time out in a solar pool, or a horse-ride to the top of Vulcan San Pedro. This is also a coffee growing area and a backpacker destination.

Price:

$30.00 p/p

Includes:

During the six hours you will learn about waist loom weaving, in the process accompanied by a weaver. and have a new experience in Guatemala. Moreover, one typical lunch is included.

What to bring:

Camera, Comfortable clothing

Transportation:

Only transportation from Panajachel to San Pedro, which will be a round trip by boat.

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Rach’ulew Textiles

 Location:

San Juan Comalapa, Chimaltenango


Description:

 

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San Juan Comalapa is sometimes called the "Florence of America", because of the many Kaqchikel painters living there. It is also the birthplace of Rafael Álvarez Ovalle, who composed the national anthem. The town of  San Juan Comalapa has two ethnic groups: kaqchikeles with 97 %; they have to languages, one called Castellano or Spanish and the other is called Kaqchikel. The painting tradition started in the 1930s, when Kaqchikel painter Andrés Curruchich (1891–1969) started painting with oil. His creativity was noted so much that he started showing his art in the United States and achieved international success. Because of this, Curruchich decided to teach the new generations his form of painting. Today there are some 500 painters in San Juan Comalapa, and the majority of them still use the techniques of Curruchich. These painters are dedicated to paint the costumes, life experiences and traditions of the Indian towns

Price:

$25.00 p/p

Includes:

During the three hours you will learn about waist loom weaving, in the process accompanied by a weaver, and have a new experience in Guatemala. Moreover, one typical lunch is included.

What to bring:

Camera, Comfortable clothing

Transportation:

Not included, but ask for our transportation prices 

 

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Lema textiles

Location:

San Juan la Laguna, Sololá

 

Description:

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San Juan La Laguna is located on the southern shore of Lake Atitlan in the Sololá area, where the Mayan Tz’utujil live as they refer to themselves. San Juan La Laguna does not have nearly as many tourists as other towns around the lake, and so it is a much more quiet and a relaxed place to stay. On the main street of this town paintings in the native style with some eagle eye style can be found. Agriculture is most important for the economy, with some organic coffee and organic plantations, and also with the growing of the service sector, especially as the number of tourists increase.

Price:

$35.00 p/p

Includes:

In the five hours, you will learn about waist loom weaving, in the process accompanied by a weaver, and have a new experience in Guatemala. Moreover, one typical lunch is included.

What to bring:

Camera, comfortable clothing

Transportation:

Only transportation from Panajachel to San Juan, which will be a round trip by boat.

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Samac Textiles

 Location:

Samac Community, Cobán

 

Description:

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Cobán is the capital of the department of Alta Verapaz, in central Guatemala, and serves as the administrative center for the surrounding Cobán municipality. Cobán was founded in 1543 by Dominican priests and today is an important center of coffee and cardamom production. The area of Cobán is incredibly rich in flora and fauna and lakes are found throughout. Large, dense cloud forests of exceptional beauty, sparkling waterfalls and several incredible cave systems make it an ideal place for true Eco-tourists. The vegetation is wide-leaf and pine trees with orchids, moss, ferns and bromeliads in abundance. The Quetzal, which is the national bird and symbol of Guatemala, can be seen in the early morning hours.

Price:

$25.00 p/p

Includes:

During the half day you will learn about waist loom weaving, in the process accompanied by a weaver, and have a new experience in Guatemala. Moreover, one typical lunch is included.

What to bring:

Camera, Comfortable clothing

Transportation:

Not included, but ask for our transportation prices