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Discover ! Guatemala

discover GUATEMALAN WOMEN’S HAIR

11 September 2016
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One thing I learned from this trip : every look deserves its own hairstyle. I was particularly amazed at how well Guatemalan women wore their different hairstyles. It’s probably also because I leave my own hair to grow all over the place at its free will. Anyway, as a result, I found myself taking pictures of all the wonderful hairdos I came across, every plait, ponytail, hairpin or hat inspired me to take a picture. Hats off especially to the basket…

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Featured Guatemala Workshops

the workshop TRAMATEXTILES

7 September 2016
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I’ve worked with Trama Textiles during 6 weeks, a mayan weavers cooperative based in Xela, Guatemala. I had the chance to develop a personal design entirely handmade by incredibly talented craftswomen. I took the following pictures in the streets of Xela. A huge thanks to my super models, Kiri Glinz and Patricia Gomez. A big thanks as well to Patricia Macías López and all Trama Textiles team.  …

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Guatemala Stories

the workshop story TRAMATEXTILES

6 September 2016
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For the workshop with Trama Textiles in the city of Xela, I wanted everything to go perfectly. I knew I would work with extremely talented craftswomen, so I couldn’t allow myself to go unprepared. I thought of a pattern inspired by the traditional mayan patterns. I chose chevron pattern, symbol of the “feathered serpent”, a mayan god who created the earth according to mayan mythology. I had also wanted to work for some time on a gradient pattern in nuances…

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Guatemala Meet !

meet TRAMATEXTILES

5 September 2016
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Trama Textiles is an association of weavers I worked with for several weeks. It was founded in 1988 to support families having been touched by the civil war. The association is based in the center of Xela but works with more than 17 groups from 5 different regions throughout the country. Presentation in images :  First of all, here are the two leaders : the head of the association, Amparo de Leon de Rubio and the vice president, Oralia Chopen.…

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Guatemala Meet !

meet TRAMATEXTILES WEAVERS

4 September 2016
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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…

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Discover ! Guatemala

discover SECRETS OF MAYAN GARMENTS

3 September 2016
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This article took some time to finish, I was quite surprised to find that very few Mayans today know what the symbols on their clothes mean. When I asked about the symbols, people would often answer quite simply that they were ancestral inheritance or something their parents had given them. I had to dig deeper and ask around a bit more to find out what all these symbols actually meant. Here is what I finally could find out, thanks to…

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Discover ! Guatemala

discover THE ART OF GUATEMALAN CLOTHES

2 September 2016
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How I wish I could show you every single one of them! In Guatemala, whether it’s a regular weekday or a market Sunday, whether we are up in the mountains or at home, dressing up is an art. I travelled through villages that portrayed rural poverty like no other and yet, the villagers were all dressed up like princes and princesses. Everywhere we went, we came across sumptuous embroidery and weaving, sometimes decorated with beads and lurex threads that shone…

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Discover ! Guatemala

discover THE FLOWERS OF GUATEMALA

1 September 2016
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Flowers are very important in the Guatemalan culture. We find them on the edges of the lakes where where Mayans held traditional rituals and in cemeteries and churches. There are tons of them in the markets where people carry them around in their arms or on top of their heads in huge bundles. They are drawn onto the walls and hedges in the streets and are woven or embroidered onto traditional costumes for women. I wish I could let you…

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Guatemala Travel !

GUATEMALA, panorama

31 August 2016
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Guatemala is a country of water and earth, lakes and volcanos. It’s a place where villages are hidden in the mountains above clouds and fog. It’s the small but extraordinary village of Livingston where the African and Caribbean cultures come together. It’s the huge markets that cover the streets with fruits and vegetables. It’s the multicolored roads of the cities where huge trucks decorated with flames and lightning signs busily drive around. It’s the Mayan culture, still as vivid today…

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Guatemala Travel !

XELA, panorama

30 August 2016
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Xela is the second largest city in Guatemala. “Xela” or “Xelaju’noj” is its Mayan indigenous name and it means “at the feet of 10 mountains”. The city is better known by its colonial name, Quetzaltenango, which means “the nest of Quetzal”, the emblematic bird of Guatemala. The city, where the locals are mainly indigenous people, is surrounded by mountains and volcanos and perched at more than 2000m above sea level. The first time I arrived in Xela, I wondered where…

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