I started weaving with the backstrap loom because my father brought one with him when he emigrated from Guatemaya. However, I would not know how to use the loom if it wasn’t for Doña Lidia López.
I am excited to announce that Doña Lidia will be teaching two special weaving sessions, organized by Kakaw Designs (Instagram: @kakawdesigns), meant to help connect members of the Native/Indigenous community and diaspora of this continent (Abya Yala / “las Americas”) through the art of backstrap weaving. Each 1.5–hour online session will start with a moment of gratitude and opening with cacao, and continue to cover introductory plain weave on a backstrap loom. They will be led by Doña Lidia, a Kaqchikel Maya master weaver from San Antonio Aguas Calientes, Guatemaya.
If the events sell out, we plan to hold others like them soon. I am certain there will be opportunities for informal online meetups to weave together, as well. I hope you can join us!
With gratitude to Mari Gray and Doña Lidia López for making this idea, which sprang from conversations together in Guatemaya, into a reality.
Capacity: 12 students
All the components are made by Mayan artisans in Guatemaya. Looms need to be shipped beforehand, so please sign up at least 10 days before the event.
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