Guatemala is a land of contrasts: stunning mountain, river, and cloud forest landscapes with the constant threat of volcanic eruptions, mudslides, earthquakes, and brutal political upheavals. Against this backdrop, the indigenous Maya persist in creating some of the loveliest and most colorful textiles the world has known. Their weaving, spinning, and basketmaking have sustained them economically and culturally against the pressures of change and a 36-year civil war that decimated their population. In Traditional Weavers of Guatemala, twenty artisans share their personal histories, hopes, and dreams along with the products of their hands. Over 200 vibrant photographs tell 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.
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