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
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.