Textiles

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.

Zapotec Weavers of Santa Ana del Valle in Oaxaca

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!

Nim Po't Maya Textiles of Guatemala

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.

Kakchikel Women Share Guatemalan Traditions

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.

Cyprus' Lefkara Lace & the Pattern of Tradition