I am taking a few lessons in backstrap weaving from a friend because I find the process so intriguing and also it will help me understand the weaving process better and the work involved in weaving that our artisans do on their looms.
It is so surprising that just a bunch of sticks – palitos- can have yarn wound around them and yarn worked thru them and the weaver can come up with a beautiful textile. The backstrap loom is an ancient weaving loom that has been used for centuries around the world.
If you are interested in learning how to weave or just to experience Guatemala as more than a tourist, be sure to check out our weaving tour to Guatemala which includes weaving lessons on a loom that you can take home with you.
Dominga is a wonderful and patient teacher and does really exquisite backstrap weavings! I am just really slow!
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