So this is why I haven’t been posting all of June. For the month of June, I’ve been prepping for a sourcing trip in Guatemala for Stray & Wander. Guatemala is known primarily for two exports: coffee (which I definitely picked up) and its beautifully hand woven textiles. This trip, we had the pleasure of learning how to weave on the back strap loom from one of the major women’s cooperative. It was truly an unique experience. The strength, patience and craftsmanship it goes into making a weave can take from 3 to 7 days.
At first, it was confusing. First, there was a language barrier, I spoke only two phrases in Spanish, “Thank you” and, “you’re welcome”. Secondly, this demonstration needed narration because you can get lost pretty quickly. The video below shows the technique we learned. There are more than one technique, and though in my head I can be a master weaver in just understand six hours, realistically, there was no way we could’ve learned any other technique. This technique takes about 30 minutes to understand and a lifetime to matter. I will say I am pretty damn proud of myself for this. Majority of this weave was done by yours truly. 🙂 And I get to take this unique experience home with me. I was able to buy the back strap loom for myself and do a bit of loom work at home!
After 6 hours, I’ve woven only about 12 inches and with lots of skipped threads and errors. I cannot tell you how appreciative and enlightening this experience is. I got to meet the women in this corporative and learn about their herstory and their lives. These are the most patient and lovely people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting.