ISBN 9780983886075 Traditional Weavers of Guatemala Their Stories, Their Lives


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In Traditional Weavers of Guatemala, twenty artisans share their personal histories, hopes, and dreams along with the products of their hands and looms. The book is a story of tradition, innovation, and survival, embellished with the colors of a profound cultural heritage. Chandler and Cordón introduce a diverse range of fiber artists, including men and women and spanning generations, from thirty-three to eighty-nine. Many of the artists who, through necessity and creative expression, have evolved traditional weaving techniques and design. They explain subtle but significant regional differences in the use of patterns, colors, and styles. Photographer Joe Coca captures brilliantly the heart of his subjects and the beauty of their land. Through over 200 photographs, he tells a story of the physical beauty of Guatemala, of the diversity of a landscape that has shaped its people, of the Maya culture, and of the textiles themselves. When you read this book, you step into Guatemala as though you were being welcomed into the homes of weavers in every area of the country and, in their own languages, able to ask them about their textile techniques and life histories. Weavers will especially love the detailed information about textile techniques, but every reader will love this tour of Guatemala and introduction to its people. Madelyn van der Hoogt, Editor Emerita, Handwoven magazine Contents: 1 X 152 Page Paperback Author: Deborah Chandler Author Bio - Besides teaching extensively through weaving guilds and schools, Deborah has been a weaving shop owner, a contributing editor to Handwoven magazine, a peace corps volunteer in Honduras, and an employee of Pueblo to People, a nonprofit organisation that imports and sells handcrafted goods from Central and South America. Deborah is a founding member of Weave a Real Peace (WARP), an organisation dedicated to building bridges between weavers in first and third world countries.

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