Friday, November 18, 2011

Santa Catarina, Lago de Atitlan

While I was at Lago de Atitlan I took a little day trip to Santa Catarina, Atitlan. It's a small town that sits on a hill along the lake.
Traditionally the town has been a quite fishing village. These are some of the traditional lanchas (boats).
The town is also noted for having master weavers that produce hand woven brilliant blue textiles.
I picked up this simple piece that I'll be sending home from this weaver.
It's hard to resist buying these textiles once you meet the weaver and see the work that is put into each piece. This is an example of a backstrap being used to create a piece.
There are also a few noted painters that produce colorful pieces like this one.
It was a fun day trip and a scenic ride around the lake.

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