This April we traveled to Guatemala to visit the weaving and beading co-ops around Lake Atitlán. In the highlands around the lake, the weaving center Mujeres Analisadores is comprised of 26 Kaqchikel women who specialize in the pedal loom, back strap loom, and beading. These artisan techniques are completely manual with no electricity. They are a special part of preserving the Mayan culture and heritage. What an incredible experience to be in the same room as these talented women who are leaders in their community.
Here is a closer look.
The Pedal Loom
First, the thread for the warp is spun onto cones.
The setup is a team effort, especially this part. The wooden tool is used temporarily to keep the warp threads organized and untangled before they are run through the aviadura and tied on the loom.
The warp threads are carefully spread through the aviadura. To save time, threads from previous projects are left to serve as a guide and each thread is tied onto these previous threads.
Meanwhile, the weft threads are being spun for the shuttle.
One the loom. Off the loom.
See Reels of the Pedal Loom @fairandsimple