La Iguana Perdida Recommends: An adventure in Mayan textiles!
October 13, 2014
If you’re interested in experiencing the Mayan culture on Lake Atitlan, or have been impressed by the hand made textiles while wandering though the markets in Panajachel or Chichicastenago and wondered what was involved in creating the intricate designs of the traditional Mayan clothing, why not try a weaving class and find out?
Just a fifteen-minute walk or a five-minute tuk-tuk ride from La Iguana Perdida into the village of Santa Cruz, you can spend a few hours in the home of a local family and try your hand at some traditional Mayan weaving. It’s a great window into the local culture, allowing you to see first hand how the contemporary Mayans live and to take part in a traditional activity that has been going on for centuries.
You meet Tomasa, your weaving instructor in front of the church in the town square and from there it’s just a short walk to their family home!
Tomasa speaks primarily Kaqchikel and only a little Spanish, but she’s an expert of the loom and you’re in good hands with her as you learn how to back strap weave.
Once you arrive at Tomasa’s home, you choose the colour yarn you want to use and then you’re off!
Don’t be disheartened if you find it a challenge, or if a small child steps in to help you out, they’ve been doing this for years!
And hey presto! You’ve got yourself a traditional Mayan belt to take home!
Once you’re done you’ll be tired, happy and with a new appreciation for the work that the Mayan women of Guatemala put into their textiles and ready to come back to the hotel, chill out on the patio with a refreshing drink and watch one of our spectacular sunsets!
Life on Lake Atitlan, what could be better!