In San Juan La Laguna, one of my favorite villages, older women still wear the red traditional back-strap woven huipil. It has colorful embroidered neck.The skirt is usually a dark blue or black. The shawl or "rebozo" is traditionally black with white and gold lines.
Located on Lake Atitlan, San Juan is the home of painters, fisherman, coffee growers and, depending on the year, 25 to 30 women’s weaving groups. Many groups have revived the natural dying of cotton and use their backstrap looms to weave beautiful scarves and textiles for export. The younger women have less time for weaving their own huipils and wear styled “blusas” of commercial cloth for daily use.
Each outfit includes:
- Handwoven doll "huipil"
- "Corte" (skirt) with "jaspe" (ikat) designs
- Colorful sash "faja" (belt)
Other accessory items such as baskets, hammocks, necklaces, hats, slippers, shawls and other fun stuff are available for sale as accessories.
The Artisans: Josefa and her family makes many of Terra Experience's 18" Doll Outfits and hammocks from San Juan La Laguna.