Build Skills & Income by Training Guatemalan Women

 
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Build Skills & Income by Training Guatemalan Women

Build Skills & Income by Training Guatemalan Women
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Demonstration of a Back-Strap Loom

Demonstration of a Back-Strap Loom
In indigenous communities, both women and men weave cloth for their family and for ceremonial, artistic, and increasingly, commercial purposes. Each community produces unique weaving styles with symbolic stories reflected in their work. While many cultural aspects are disappearing, weaving has endured because of the values it holds for the weaver. (view small | med | large | orig)

Using a Back-Strap Loom

Using a Back-Strap Loom
Women weavers will usually use the backstrap weaving technique to create guipiles, (blouses) and men will use the foot loom weaving technique to make longer pieces such as fajas (belts) and cortes (wrap-around skirts). Until recently, women in Guatemala generally used only the back-strap weaving technique, taking 2-3 months to finish 1 textile product. (view small | med | large | orig)

Using a Foot- Loom

Using a Foot- Loom
A member of AFEDES demonstrates using a foot loom. Traditionally, only men are trained to use foot-looms. A weaving on foot-loom can produce many units of one traditional design within 1 or 2 days. When retailers come to Guatemala to export indigenous textile products, it is the men who are given the business to produce the textiles for export and the opportunity to earn more. (view small | med | large | orig)

AFEDES Member Using a Foot-Loom

AFEDES Member Using a Foot-Loom
The process of weaving on a foot-loom is much faster than weaving on a back-strap loom. In addition, foot-loom products are more consistent in their weave, as they can be quickly mass-produced and then cut to order. (view small | med | large | orig)

Scarves Produces on a Foot-Loom

Scarves Produces on a Foot-Loom
The women weavers of AFEDES have seen that there are great economic opportunities for products made on foot-looms, and they know they have the capacity to weave with this technique. There is already a group of seven women in AFEDES who know how to use a foot-loom, but this has not been enough to take on the largers orders that have been requested of them. (view small | med | large | orig)

Hats Produced on a Foot-Loom

Hats Produced on a Foot-Loom
Funding this project will ensure an increased income for at least 35 women, who will use it to improve families’ livelihoods. Mothers will be able to send their children to school. Women will continue their indigenous heritage by practicing the art of weaving as a viable source of income, and they will increase their employability in learning a new skill. (view small | med | large | orig)

Funded

Thanks to 37 donors like you, a total of $5,198 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Gillian Wilson

IDEX Latin America Program Director
San Francisco, CA United States

Where is this project located?

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