Traditional Weavers Of Guatemala.
Traditional Weavers Of Guatemala
Deborah Chandler & Teresa Cordon, authors
Joe Coca, photographer
9780983886075, $34.95, 152pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: "Traditional Weavers of Guatemala: Their Stories, Their Lives" presents portraits of Guatemalan artisans working in the ancient traditions of the Maya paired with insights into the creation of the textiles and the events that have affected their work. Weaving, spinning, and basket making have sustained the Maya economically and culturally against the pressures of change and a 36-year civil war that decimated their population. Their persistence in continuing traditional art has created some of the loveliest, most colorful textiles the world has ever known. Guatemalan artisans share their personal histories, hopes, and dreams along with the products of their hands and looms. Their stories show determination in the face of unimaginable loss and hardship which instill an appreciation for the textiles themselves and for the strong people who create them.
Critique: Beautifully and profusely illustrated with full color photographic images, "Traditional Weavers of Guatemala: Their Stories, Their Lives" is a unique, informative, and inherently fascinating read from beginning to end. Very highly recommended for personal, community, and academic library collections, "Traditional Weavers Of Guatemala" will linger in the mind and memory long after the book itself is finished and set back upon the shelf.