Sometimes you just don’t wait. When we heard that Amalia Guë and the twenty-five members of her weaving cooperative Ix Balam Q’u’e in Samac, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, were desperate for cash to buy food and medical supplies, we didn’t want to tell them to wait for the corn to ripen in the fall, or the International Folk Art Market to have its on-line sale in a few months, or for Covid-19 to pass so tourists could come back to shop in Antigua. We just bought 10 of their gorgeous, diaphanous handwoven cotton shawls. Within a week, the money was in the coop’s bank account, and the shawls were on their way to us.
We’ve bundled them with copies of Deborah Chandler and Teresa Cordón’s book, Traditional Weavers of Guatemala The price for a shawl and book is $100 U.S. This is not charity. This is village commerce, but across international borders. (We added the book because, well, we’re publishers.) The shawls are approximately 22”x72”, give or take. They are white on white and come washed and ready to wear, with hand-tied fringes. Each is different, and you don’t get to pick.
ABOUT THE BOOK: TRADITIONAL WEAVERS OF GUATEMALA
Twenty artisans share their personal histories, hopes, and dreams along with the work 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.
Against the backdrop of Guatemala, this book presents portraits of artisans working in the ancient traditions of the Maya paired with insights into the creation of the textiles and the events that have affected their work. Weaving, spinning, and basket making have sustained the Maya economically and culturally against the pressures of change and a 36-year civil war that decimated their population. Their persistence in continuing traditional art has created some of the loveliest, most colorful textiles the world has ever known. Artisans share their personal histories, hopes, and dreams along with the products of their hands and looms. Their stories show determination in the face of unimaginable loss and hardship which instill an appreciation for the textiles themselves and for the strong people who create them.
Book Specifications: Paperback | 152 pages | Cover price: $34.95