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During my adventure with Trama Textiles, I had the opportunity to visit, with the whole team, two groups of weavers who were working on a huge commission for an American client. We left very early in the morning in order to meet the weavers who were living and working in Solola, a region near the majestic lake Atitlan, about an hour and a half by car from Xela.
I had already come across a number of independent weavers in the streets of the city or in small villages that were known for its textile work. I thought I had a clue what lied ahead… until I was taken aback in amazement when I found tens of busy weavers all concentrating on similar pieces. All of them worked on backstrap looms that were fixed around the hips on one side and hung from above on the other end. The looms went easily over 3 to 4 meters in length, and the craftswomen were weaving away at a dizzying full speed.
A few weeks later, we received the final products in the office : 3250 passport cases made entirely with the fabric that we saw emerging before our eyes the day of the visit. It was a crazy amount of work that makes one think, when we consider the massive factories that produce everything these days.