Petronilla, a local artisan I met, explained me in a very basic Spanish (her mother tongue is Ixil, one of the Mayan languages) how the weaving work is done. The backstrap weaving technique typical of the highlands implies the use of various parallel sticks between which the warp thread are stretched. The body becomes part of the infrastructure. The grid is stretch between the roof and the back of the artisan. The composition of the drawings is not far from the pixel art: every single knot contributes to make the bigger final art.
November 10, 2016