For experienced weavers willing to construct a backstrap loom, this introduction to Guatemalan techniques is a how-to...

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TECHNIQUES OF GUATEMALAN WEAVING

For experienced weavers willing to construct a backstrap loom, this introduction to Guatemalan techniques is a how-to enhanced by anecdotes. Bjerregaard traveled from village to village, collecting patterns, listening to legends, and enjoying local bus schedules. Most women now work with synthetically dyed cotton yarns--spinning can take twice as long as weaving--and many use motifs whose symbolic meanings are unknown to them. Each village has traditional patterns and color preferences--Ixtahuacan skirts favor corn motifs, Chichicastenango weavers like burgundy hues--and some have established co-ops to market their products. Bjerregaard mentions a few personal experiences but devotes most of the text to brocading techniques (""an extra pattern weft is placed on top of a plainwoven surface"") and pickup patterns which only confident hands should undertake.

Pub Date: Dec. 1, 1977

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Publisher: Van Nostrand Reinhold

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 1977