Endangered Threads: Weaving in Guatemala
Weaving in Guatemala is an art that has been passed down from generation to generation for centuries. Technical, colorful, creative and varied, it reflects both local culture and personal expression. In the early 2000s, I spent 3 months in Guatemala on a research fellowship. My focus was on indigenous women, who are seen as the perpetuators and nurturers of family and culture, as well as significant contributors to household economics, yet at the same time marginalized. I returned several times over the next eight years working with a nonprofit to make educational documentaries about endangered cultural art forms, focusing specifically on the weaving tradition.