This collection provides an introduction to the art of weaving practiced in Guatemala.
Notes to Other Users
This collection was used for a lesson with the Kindergarten class at the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center. We explored the topic of Guatemalan weaving in the classroom, and practiced weaving on a peg loom. We then went to the National Museum of the American Indian to view a Guatemalan backstrap loom as well as numerous examples of woven cloth from Guatemala. To finish the lesson we read "Silly Billy" by Anthony Browne and discussed the legends of worry dolls, or trouble dolls, in Guatemala, and how they are connected to the Guatemalan weaving tradition. The students shared things they might worry about, and each student received a set of miniature worry dolls in a small woven bag to take home.
Preschool (0 to 4 years old), Primary (5 to 8 years old)