"My mother taught me this beautiful art through which we depict elements of our daily life or recall the design motifs of our Maya ancestors."
Maria Angela Mich Otzoy was born in Guatemala in 1971. As a child, she was attracted to weaving, observing how her mother made beautiful textiles.
"She taught me this beautiful art through which we depict elements of our daily life or recall the design motifs of our Maya ancestors," the artisan says.
"The death of my husband changed our family. He and I worked together to earn a dignified living. I was left as the sole breadwinner. I took a regular job for a while but, when I lost it, I turned to weaving.
"My daughter helped with the housework so I had time to weave. I like to listen to marimba music as I work, and every day I find I'm more passionate about weaving unique designs.
"It's not easy being both mother and father, and money has been tight, but I've managed to get ahead. My mind is filled with dreams, like a decent home, as I continue my weaving projects. Novica has given us a wonderful opportunity.
"I've experienced many things in life. They haven't all been bad. Some were fun and a few were embarrassing. Once, I fell down at a dance. Another time, I put my clothes on inside-out and didn't even notice until I'd gone for a walk while visiting another country! This has happened more than once, but they've helped make me the made the strong, funny, strict, creative and persevering woman I am today."