Monday, June 30, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I can also search for cortes (skirts), children's huipiles, pantalones (if yours is a village in which the men and boys wear traditional pants), or fajas (belts).
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Mayan Horse and Birds (L) and a Huipil Mosaic (R)
Lady in the Flowers SOLD (L) and Summer in the City (R)
Two new sets of notecards
In the Desert Looking Up (L) and In the Desert Looking Down (R), mixed media watercolor mosaics
A Huipil Mosaic (L)
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
The strap is hand-woven as well, with an interesting adjustment mechanism. Attached to the bag is a loop, and the strap is tied to the loop at the desired length. The strap ends in two braids.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
If you liked the cards in this giveaway, here is a link to all the notecard sets in my Etsy shop. Any of you who entered the contest can have 10% off any notecard purchase in June. Simply let me know which you want (leave a comment here, or send me an Etsy convo), and I will lower the price for you.
Thanks for entering!
#1: Approximately 12 3/4" long
#2: Approximately 12" long SOLD
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
I use cards/envelopes that are acid-free, archival safe, and 100% recycled!
To win this set of 3 notecards, all you have to do is leave a comment here! I will pick a number at random at 6:00pm on Wednesday, June 18, and the person who leaves that comment # wins! Make sure you leave contact info such as an email address or blog link.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
I'm participating in the 1st annual Etsy "yart sale" (art + yard sale = yart sale). To see some great handmade items on sale, just go to etsy.com and put "yart sale" into the search box along with any other search terms you want to use. Sale is on from June 11-20.
I've created a separate section in my Etsy shop for my yart sale items. Check it out!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Huipiles are the traditional, hand-woven blouses worn by women in Guatemala, and the designs vary by village. Those made in Patzun feature red or burgundy fabric with thin stripes. They are different from many other Guatemalan huipiles because the adornments are embroidered onto the fabric instead of being woven into it. Yolanda Rodriguez Yos, a 22-year-old woman from Patzun, estimates that 90% of women in her hometown wear traje (traditional Mayan dress). The remaining women work in the capital and wear ropa americana much of the time.
Yolanda's mother taught her second eldest daughter to embroider when she was 12 years old. This is a common age for girls to learn, although daughters of wealthier families may not learn until they are 15 or 20 years old. These wealthier girls do not need to embroider to help the family earn money.
The women of Yolanda's family, however, embroidered huipiles to sell at the Sunday market in Patzun. Yolanda believes that about 85% of women in Patzun know how to embroider. For families like hers, it is too expensive to purchase completed huipiles, so they purchase fabric from local weavers and create and embroider the huipiles themselves. The Rodriguez Yos family purchases its fabric from an aunt, who weaves but does not embroider.
As a young teenager, Yolanda would go to school until noon, come home and eat lunch, then work on embroidery from . After a break for dinner, she would embroider again from -midnight. Her mother would have one huipil made by Yolanda; one by her older sister, Erika; and one by herself to take to the market . Each would sell for about 175Q, 110Q of which was materials (70Q for woven fabric and 45 for thread). That left a whopping 65Q (less than US$9) for 70 hours of work! And most of that money had to be re-invested in fabric and thread for the next huipil.
Yolanda's sister, Erica, began embroidering at age eight and never liked it. Yolanda laughs that Erica's huipiles would feature about four flowers, whereas the average one has about 20. Yolanda and her mother frequently had to finish Erika's huipiles to get them ready to sell. Yolanda enjoyed using her imagination to design flowers and choose colors, which remain her favorite aspects of embroidery. (Sewing the randa, or piece that joins the two pieces of woven fabric, is the part she likes the least.)
For Christmas, each girl would receive fabric and thread in order to make a huipil for herself.
Yolanda is particularly efficient in her embroidery, in that it takes her one week to do what it takes many women two to four weeks to do. Instead of layering two colors on top of each other, making the embroidery very thick, she interconnects the different colors, making only one layer of thread. This saves not only time, but also money spent on thread. And she prefers the finished look to that of the thicker embroidery.
The basic steps for creating a huipil from Patzun, if one is starting with cloth already made:
- Sew two panels of fabric together. This embroidery can be done in patterns of triangles, jugs, straight lines, or knots in the form of flowers.
- Choose the shape of the collar opening shape: round, square, diamond, or star.
- Divide the fabric into visual quadrants. With pen, draw flowers, leaves, and buds. (Some women, like Yolanda, prefer to draw and then embroider one quadrant at a time.) Be very careful when drawing the circle around the collar to make sure you're not going lopsided. The design should be the same in all four quadrants, but the colors can be different on the front and back. This is the step in which the embroiderer can use the most creativity and imagination, selecting a combinations of colors and designing the flowers. Keep in mind the question of purpose: Is the huipil for a wedding or fiesta or for everyday use? This will help determine the formality of the design.
- Design sleeve adornments, if they will be used. Some people prefer large flowers here, some small, some none at all. Yolanda's mother is of the belief that there should be very little adornment on the sleeves, if any. Large flowers are too extravagant, the equivalent of wearing too much jewelry or makeup.
- Complete embroidery.
- Sew sides of huipil.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
"How has fostering and/or adopting children changed your life?"
Giveaway on Adoption Under One Roof
Friday, June 6, 2008
Here are two in-progress and one complete.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Here you can see the outcome of different types of weaving techniques, which produce (L-R) single-sided pieces with clean backs, single-sided pieces with threads on the backs, and double-sided pieces.
Various cortes (L) and wedding veil featuring ceremonial weaving from Patzun (R)
Market scene featuring women from Tamahu (L) and San Antonio Aguas Calientes (R):
Monday, June 2, 2008
Museo Ixchel, on the campus of Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala City. It was a really lovely campus.
Men weave large pieces of cloth -- such as those made for bedspreads and cortes (skirts) -- on the foot loom. Here you can see details of the threads, including the ones dyed in the ikat/jaspe method (tie-dying!). The weavers know how to use these threads to come out with designs in the finished cloth.
A small loom used for making cintas (ribbons) for the hair
Designs are sketched on cloth with pencil before being sewn.
Embroidering details by hand (here, a huipil is stretched over a collander)
Embroidering details using a sewing machine
For Part II, I'll show some of the output of these processes!