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Weaving: A Proud Tradition

Updated: Jul 13, 2020

Young girls begin learning to weave when they are about eight years old.


Intricate weaving patterns are passed down from generation to generation. These patterns form a unique Mayan language of symbolism, preserving a unique culture and with it, a rich body of mythology..

Girls begin learning to weave when they are six to eight years old. The tradition is changing as some mother's encourage their daughters to study. As a result, girls are becoming more educated and weaving is done more as an expression of art and culture rather than a means to generate income and survive.



Lesly Yulisa Quino Espantzay

11 years old

5th grade

Daughter of Noemi Espantzay and Mario Quino

Favorite Food: Spaghetti

Favorite Color:  Blue

Favorite School Subject: Math

I enjoy helping my mother at home with different activities.  I help with the cleaning and cooking, but my favorite activity is weaving.  I learned to weave when I was six-years old.  I weave once a week, after I have finished my homework.  I am pretty smart.  This is what my mother says to me, because she didn’t have to spend many hours teaching me (to weave)  I know my mom weaves scarves to help with the economy of my house, so I learned to weave scarves in order to help  my mom.

Thank you for supporting me with my studies. 

Thanks to all of you who have a big and wonderful heart and share your love with us.

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