December 19, 2015
In this blog post I am featuring some of my favorite traditional textiles from Guatemala. What makes these pieces unique, besides being charming and extremely well made, is that they are made by men for men. They are handwoven using natural, hand-spun, un-dyed wool by the Quiche/K’iché Maya Ethnic Group in the Nahuala, Solola region of the Western Highlands. These bags are called “morrales” and are worn by the indiegnous men in the same region where they are made. Because they are completely handmade, each one is unique using popular symbols, motifs, and geometric patterns. Sometimes the weaver will decide to include they year that it was made, the place it was made, and/or use words like “caballo/horse” or “leon/lion” with the images. Here are a few of my favorites from our collection,including one of our folk deity figures of San Simon/Maximon wearing his wool morral… and check out Coleccion Luna Vintage for ones that are available for purchase.