Multicolor Cotton Maya Backstrap Loom Woven Cushion Cover, "Red Birds in Corn"
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Observed by bright birds, villagers tend to corn plants that flourish on handwoven cotton. Women United for Artisan Development weave this cushion cover on a backstrap loom. Cording defines the borders, and the back is solid red. "These are the colors of the Maya cosmovision," the artisans explain. "You'll see them in our clothing, in nature, the fields and birds that live among us."
Should one of the threads snag, they suggest you pull it back into place from the back of the fabric with a fine crochet hook.
The group is a network of many women artisans throughout several communities. They work together to produce large numbers of beautiful handwoven decor accents and fashion accessories, and all support each other in times of need. Overall, there are about 400 women artisans in their network.
With the traditional backstrap weaving techniques taught by their mothers, who learned it from their own mothers, the women incorporate a wide variety of beautiful designs with traditional patterns and techniques.
Several women in the group or their family members suffer from diabetes and other diseases. Some conditions are so severe that they stay and work from home to rest or to take care of ill family members.
Our motivation is strong — our families and our children. We want to be able to send them through school so they can become who they want to be in life, so they can fulfill their dreams.