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To Market, To Market: Shopping for Textiles in Guatemala

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To Market, To Market: Shopping for Textiles in Guatemala

Hi friends, Today I thought I'd share some photos of the phenomenal textiles that I saw when I was in Guatemala. These photos are from a few stores that I visited in Coban and Antigua. 1 The range of garments available was astounding: shirts (huiples), skirts, bags, belts, shawls... 5 The fabrics used, and the designs added to them, are highly specific to the region or town where they're made, or sometimes even the family who makes them. 2 Smaller textiles such as belts and shawls are made on belt looms that wrap around the weaver's waist. Floor or foot looms enable weavers to create wider pieces of fabric suitable for skirts, table cloths or bed coverings. 3 For a good description of the social history of Guatemalan/Mayan textiles, check out the website of Nim Po't, the centre for traditional textiles in Antigua, Guatemala.
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To Market, To Market: Shopping for Textiles in Guatemala

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