Guatemala Handmade Textiles Workshop is a rare opportunity to learn from a community of Indigenous Tz’utujil women who are living on and managing their traditional lands.
The teaching is conducted as it has been for generations in the traditional Tz’utujil community of San Juan. So roll up your sleeves and get ready for this one-of-a-kind, hands-on experience, under the guidance of master weavers as you learn how to make and spin the thread, dye it, and then weave the thread using traditional, handmade looms.
This is a wonderful opportunity to not only learn to weave but also to spend time with a Tz’utujil Maya family, experiencing indigenous life in a small village.
Guatemala Handmade Textiles Workshop Details
TRIP DURATION: roughly 7-8 hours
TRIP LOCATION: San Juan La Laguna
TRIP PHYSICAL LEVEL: Easy & Relaxed
TRIP DETAILS: $150.00 (Q1150) – 1 person (private workshop) / $130.00 (Q970) – 2 or more people – all weaving supplies are provided.
WHAT TO BRING: Bring a camera, water, snacks, and clothes that you don’t mind getting dye on, and be prepared to have an incredible day!
As a participant, you will gain a deeper understanding of the cultural significance of one of the oldest forms of artistic expression by working and learning directly from the Tz’utujil women of San Juan.
You will learn how they grow their cotton, harvest it by hand, spin it using ancient techniques, and then use natural dyes and colorants derived from locally found plants, trees, bark, berries, leaves, roots, wood, and insects in the Lake Atitlan area.
A few of the plants that are used are coconut shells, pericón, pepper, purple basil, hibiscus flowers, and achiote, among many others.