In the Guatemalan highlands of Momostenango, Totonicapán, cold weather and high altitude favor the quality of wool. A strong wool weaving tradition has been present for generations. First men, and now women are weaving carpets and blankets with locally sourced wool on their wooden foot looms.
Shepherds in the highlands shear their sheep every summer. The wool is washed, carded, then roved into yarn. Colors such as beige, light brown, dark brown, and black come naturally from the sheep. When other colors are desired, artisans obtain natural dyes from bark trees and local flowers.
Mayan weaving comes in a variety of distinct, exquisite patterns, but with a touch of modern design, Guatemalan wool becomes a much more versatile choice. View our picks from Guatemala - every piece is created under seamless cooperation between artisans and designers.
Photos: Courtesy of Natural Art.