The art of Maya Weaving was at the verge of extinction due to Guatemala’s 36-year-long civil war. Until Casa Flor Ixcaco was established.

The cooperative is able to preserve the traditional Maya weaving techniques. National Geographic Travel takes you to the lakeside village of San Juan La Laguna where 23 weavers are keeping the Mayan art alive using sustainable methods.

The indigenous weaving style uses 100 percent organic cotton grown in mountains surrounding Lake Atitlan. Instead of chemicals, they use local plants to dye the threads. A backstrap weaving loom is used. Because of the elaborate designs, it can take months to complete a piece of cloth.

If you want to buy one, it’s now available online.

Antigua, Guatemala

Have a glimpse into the vibrant colors and designs of traditional Maya weaving still used in this gorgeous lakeside village in Guatemala. https://on.natgeo.com/2HYt49O

Posted by National Geographic Travel on Monday, 7 May 2018

 

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