Saturday, July 19, 2008

Day Trip

My friend and I took a day trip to the towns of Zunil, Almolonga, San Andres Xecul, and San Francisco El Alto yesterday. It was interesting to visit these places in person because I've worked with textiles made in the first three of them. I enjoyed seeing the huipiles - that previously I'd only seen in shops - actually being worn by the women who live there. The tzutes, or utility cloths worn on the head or in baskets, were very common in the mercados, where women needed to keep the sun off their faces or carry produce in baskets on their heads.

at the mercado in Almolonga

Almolonga (L), Zunil (R)

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