Here is my third post about my Guatemala trip. It seems ages ago.
I’ve had a week of admin, preparing teaching samples, booking flights etc, and have even tidied my studio ( thanks to Sharon for her help) and have sent boxes of things to the charity shop, boxes of rubbish to the tip. You probably wouldn’t really notice much of a difference but I can see a bit more order. In between all this boring stuff, I have made progress on a couple more quilts (not much to show) and been to the gym daily and did the park run on Saturday.
i’m not boasting, but I did come 2nd in my age group and managed an PB.
Blog is looking much better, so lets just hope that this post works ok, and that the photos are a good size.
The next morning we went to the second hand huipil market – a very pleasant relaxed atmosphere, yes, we needed to bargain hard but there was no bad feeling and I bought a few beautiful old huipils, a few pieces of fabric etc. I don’t mind paying tourist price when everyone is so pleasant.
The shuttle bus was supposed to pick us up at 4 but it was very late, it didn’t really matter, as there is so much people watching to do, whilst waiting.
We arrived into Quetzaltenango or Xela, I had booked a cheap hostel, all ok.
The next morning I sampled some local breakfast food of banana porridge and we set off early to visit the local market
and hopefully be the first ones in the textiles museum. It was closed, we returned an hour later and it was still closed, so we caught a chicken bus to Salcajá, went to the market, and surprise, surprise bought more thread,
and then another chicken bus to a small town San Andrés Xecul to see the yellow church and visit the town famous for dying threads.
On to San Francisco El Alto, a small town with a large number of fabric shops. Unfortunately the market was coming to an end and it looked a bit scruffy but I still managed to find some fabric I wanted to buy.
When we got off the bus in Xela we thought we would try the textiles museum again. It was open.
If you are ever in the area – don’t go! No English explanations and no photos allowed and the women insisted on explaining every thing in Spanish – very annoying when you cant understand any of it. And then wanted a lot of money (a so called donation?) for visiting.
The next day we had a shuttle bus booked for the afternoon to take us back to Antigua, but we thought we would have enough time to do a weaving course and even get to Zunil
We did some weaving at Trama Textiles using a back strap weaving frame, taught by a couple of lovely ladies who despite not being able to speak English managed to explain and show us very well – they were so much fun and made it a very enjoyable experience. It was far more difficult than I thought and we really had to concentrate.
If you are ever in the area you need to go here!
I bought the weaving and back strap frame that Fiona had been working on (it was smaller) to use as a teaching sample.
I’m not thinking of running weaving courses but I’m sure I will use it.
We caught a taxi, to save some time, to Zunil. A busy market with all the women dressed in traditional dress and lots of tomatoes for sale.
More thread purchases
Lastly to Almolonga – more fabulous fruit, vegetables and costumes
Finally a long and what seemed liked slow trip back to Antigua
Another lovely hotel in Antigua.
I just want to go back again to Guatemala!
With a bag that was not quite full, I was sure I could fit a few more huipils in, so bought a couple more, easily at NimPot, and then we departed for the airport
So, goodbye Guatemala – I’m sure I will be back
It’s safe and easy to travel around. The people lovely and friendly, costumes amazing, markets colourful – a fabulous experience.
Now I just have stoke my textiles that I bought and use them and my photos to inspire me to make some more quilts. So although it might seem to many that it was just another holiday, I now need to get on with making some samples and making a Guatemalan inspired collection for exhibition. Not as easy as it sounds.
In the mean time I have a busy teaching schedule so it will have to wait and I will look through my photos and remember a lovely trip
I am not sure that everyone is getting my blog posts. It takes me ages to write them and add the photos so I would love to hear if you enjoy receiving them, have been to Guatemala, think I include too many photos or just enjoy looking at my photos and would like to see more.
This week I’m not including any pictures of my work or even my tidy studio, they can wait.