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Judi Lynn

(161,324 posts)
Thu Oct 20, 2022, 06:18 PM Oct 2022

Indigenous women in Guatamala are defending weavings from cultural appropriation

By pushing for intellectual property legislation and documenting the disappearing meaning of their designs, Indigenous weavers are challenging the tourism industry.

Jeff Abbott October 20, 2022

The vibrant colors of the Indigenous weavings from Guatemala that appear on the traditional blouses known as huipiles, skirts and other items hold a deep symbolic meaning for communities across the Central American country, but they are also deeply intertwined with the promotion of tourism in Guatemala. The intricate designs greet tourists in promotional material at the airport, and companies and non-government organizations have sought to capitalize on the designs.

For the last six years, Indigenous women have sought to challenge the exploitation of their sacred designs through the promotion of legislation that would protect their collective intellectual property rights. On Sept. 5, the Women’s Association for the Development of Sacatepéquez, or AFEDES, and the weavers of the Ruchajixik Ri Qana’ojbäl movement, which means Guardians of Our Knowledge in the Kaqchikel language, presented their latest proposal for a law that would protect their weavings.

The proposal is backed by members of the leftist block in congress, and its presentation to lawmakers marked the fifth weavers congress, which brought together hundreds of weavers from their movement from across the country to discuss and exchange experiences and weavings in Guatemala City. Yet the weavers have also sought to find multi-party support for the legislation, in the hopes that the law will advance in the current congress.

“We are defending the weavings, because it is also part of defending our land, our territory,” said Ixchel Guorón Rodríguez, a weaver and member of the movement from Tecpán, Chimaltenango. “It is part of a legacy that our grandmothers have left us, and we see different problems regarding the improper use that is already done by others.”


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Indigenous women in Guatamala are defending weavings from cultural appropriation (Original Post) Judi Lynn Oct 2022 OP
Such beautiful colors !!! secondwind Oct 2022 #1
It's about time. Baitball Blogger Oct 2022 #2
Beautiful malaise Oct 2022 #3
Incredibly beautiful. 3auld6phart Oct 2022 #4
OMG, looking at the 2nd photo from the top suddenly reminded me of the GIANT KITES! Judi Lynn Oct 2022 #5
Simply Awesome! Duppers Oct 2022 #6


(1,108 posts)
4. Incredibly beautiful.
Thu Oct 20, 2022, 07:15 PM
Oct 2022

The patience,time and eye sight needed for this kind of
stitching is simply beyond words .

Judi Lynn

(161,324 posts)
5. OMG, looking at the 2nd photo from the top suddenly reminded me of the GIANT KITES!
Thu Oct 20, 2022, 08:11 PM
Oct 2022

I have posted them here before, could't remember which Central American country creates them. Just went to google images and searched for giant kites central america, and was overwhelmed to see these miracles again!

Giant kites:

As I start to discover, this deep attention to and respect for color, detail, subject matter, nature, people, and life is ancient, and has been maintained and cherished by some very special people. OMG!
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