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Weaving

Guatemalan weaving was originated over 1,500 years ago, distinguished by their unique patterns in bold colors. Traditional woven textiles remains largely unaltered since the reign of the Maya. For the Mayan civilization woven textiles were  symbolic,  demonstrating their wealth and status. Till this day communities still practice the original methods of weaving, and pass on the technique to their daughters. Their textiles are woven from cotton yarns, which are first dyed using local materials. To achieve the desired colors, the weavers choose plants like hibiscus flowers, carrots, quilete herbs, and bark from avocado trees. The fabric is then woven on a back strap loom. The most famous woven textile from Guatemala is the huipil, which can take from 6 months to a year to be made.