Zapotec Weavers of Santa Ana del Valle in Oaxaca
Mexico's state of Oaxaca is known for its colorful and vibrant arts scene with good reason! Meet father and son tradition-bearers Alberto Sánchez Garcia and Bëërt Sánchez Martinez from the village of Santa Ana del Valle. This powerful profile of sixth-and seventh-generation Zapotec weavers offers insight into their inspiration, creativity and process...as well as a moving story of a father's journey to provide a life, and a legacy, for his son.
Nim Po't Maya Textiles of Guatemala
Check out BCD’s colorful Q & A with Marco Cobar who provides a virtual tour of Nim Po’t, home of the world’s largest retail Maya textiles collection. The immense store in Antigua Guatemala also serves as a retail museum showcase for hundreds of indigenous Mayan artisans. Let Marco explain the Mayan identity, history & traditions behind the textile patterns and costumes of San Antonio Calientes, Lake Atitlan, Tecpan & Patzún. Discover the challenges that traditional textiles are facing. BCD scouts out the most authentic experiences for you & offers local perspectives on cultural traditions!
Kakchikel Women Share Guatemalan Traditions
BCD’s philosophy is ‘People are Culture’...experience this for yourself with our account of a day with a family of Kakchikel women of the Guatemalan village of Santiago Zamora. Savor a meal of tasty local dishes and enjoy a tutorial in traditional Mayan weaving, with a look at the brocade technique on the backstrap loom & efforts to convert racist attitudes toward indigenous toward traditional dress to into revenue streams. Meet the founder of a program to teach kids about traditional crafts & identity.
Cyprus' Lefkara Lace & the Pattern of Tradition
Leftkara lace making is a tradition brought to Cyprus in the 15th century. Today, its been designated as an item of endangered cultural heritage by UNESCO. Lefkara Handicraft Centre teaches the lace-making tradition to ensure its continued for generations to come.