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Woven by hand on a backstrap loom, this elegant table runner depicts the quetzal, Guatemala's emblematic bird. Its splendid plumage was prized by the ancient Maya, and the shy bird can still be glimpsed in the rainforest of Central America. Mayra Leticia Hernandez shares her textile expertise and love of colors with this beautiful weaving.
Mayra is a true example of determination. She lost her father when she was only six years old and then lost her grandfather five years later. Her mother suffered from medical conditions so Mayra had to grow up very fast and carry a lot of responsibility from a young age. Mayra has also been faced with medical issues from fibroids, abnormal growths or tumors that develop in the uterus. She has had three surgeries so far to manage the condition and the doctor has recently informed her that she cannot have any more children.
While Mayra faces her own health challenges, her baby boy caught dengue fever which is a mosquito-borne viral disease and is the leading cause of death occurring in tropical and subtropical areas. With all that she and her son face, she continues to push forward with incredible strength.
Mayra is going through a very difficult time in her life since the money her husband earns is not enough to live on and, although her sales in NOVICA are a constant help, they are not enough to cover her expenses.
Mayra is a proud weaver who uses a backstrap loom, a traditional technique that has been practiced for generations in Central America.