Tradition Translated

Chenalho Huipil

A New Vision of the World In the introduction to A Textile Guide to the Highlands of Chiapas, author Chip Morris writes that Maya women are “Creating new visions of themselves and the world, visions that are affirmations of tradition translated into something new, resilient, and hopeful.” Of course, he’s talking specifically about Maya weavers, […]

When Cultures Collide, Good Things Can Happen

Guatemala Rug Hooking project

Cultural Enterprise Back in 2012, when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, she helped launch an organization aimed at preserving and elevating traditional crafts. The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise (AAE) now has members operating in sixty-nine countries, creating jobs, increasing income, enhancing cultural heritage, and promoting development in ways that are respectful of the people and […]

Spinning Yarn

Warmis Phuskadoras

Spinning Mentors Here’s something really cool. In a few weeks, high in the Bolivian Andes, a team of spinners will compete in a worldwide event to see who can spin the most yarn in a week. By competing, they are not only earning global attention and respect for their time-honored tradition of handspinning, they are ultimately […]

The Heart of the Story

Teresa Cordón shares some of her experiences while working on Traditional Weavers of Guatemala: Their Stories, Their Lives: Questions and Answers When I received the invitation to be part of the project to write a book about Guatemalan artisans, several questions came to my mind. What have I to offer to the project? Knowledge of the country, […]