Winner of the 2020 Independent Book Publishers Association’s Benjamin Franklin Silver Award for Travel.
The vibrant character of Guatemala is most visible in its handwoven textiles, which are still in everyday use and readily available in native markets all over the country. A Textile Traveler’s Guide to Guatemala is an excellent resource for discovering artisans, markets, shops, and those storied regional textile traditions. Geared to independent-minded travelers, this guide presents the safest and most accessible methods of travel, where and when to go, where to stay, and what to eat. Expert advice helps the traveler know what to look for, how to distinguish high-quality work, and how to bargain intelligently and ethically. With abundant photographs, this guide celebrates the color, joy, and energy of folklife in Guatemala.
About the Author
Deborah Chandler is the creator and director of Weaving Futures, where she has had the pleasure and honor of working with many Mayan weavers. She leads cultural tours to communities in the Guatemalan Highlands, with a focus on indigenous artisans and their work. She is the author of Learning to Weave and Traditional Weavers of Guatemala. She lives in Guatemala City.
Praise for A Textile Traveler’s Guide to Guatemala
“A unique guide book serves as a wonderful resource of not only what museums to visit, but discovering the artisans, shops and markets that are dedicated to textile traditions… She provides information regarding market days, the patron saint, and the date of the annual celebration… nearly every page jumps out at you with stunning, vibrant photography.” —Rebeca Schiller, editor, Hand/Eye magazine
“I traveled in Guatemala and collected a number of beautiful textiles while there. I was glad to see how this book explained the different styles of work in the various regions. It is a great guide to where to go and how to buy these wonderful works of art. It gives terrific background as well as travel tips. Very nicely put together. I will treasure it as if it were an actual souvenir of my trip. I recommend it highly!” —Nancy Curdts, Sonoma County Library