Maya Ixil Identity
One of the sources of income along with agriculture are the textiles made by the maya Ixil women
The fabrics are made in waist loom
The weaving technique used allows to obtain dense textiles of high durability
In the textiles different figures and symbols typical of the region are shown
Typical fabrics are a living reflection of the Mayan Ixil identity
Washing in the river
Doing laundry in a stream is a very usual activity
Women carrying their laundry clothes.
Maya Ixil agriculture
The most modern laundry places are nothing more than pumped stream water inside an open, concrete shelter.
Maya Ixil Agriculture
The fabrics have great color and original embroidery.
Textiles can last for a 100 years and be handed down to others
The inhabitants of the region plant corn, beans, squash, potatoes and some fruits
Women and girls are used to wear their traditional clothes
The most traditionally used fabrics are wool and cotton
The symbols used have meanings and every generation can invent their own symbols and patterns
Back strap weaving
One of the most important food resource
A delicious traditional dish
Coffee is one of the main agriculture products
New soccer balls
They use the weaving techniques to create a great variety of products
Maya spiritual guides
The Ixil Community has maintained a lot their traditional culture free from influences
Most Ixil people still speak the Ixil language as their first language and many still do not speak Spanish.
Women make bracelets using finger weaving
The memory keeper and his wife
The memory keeper wrote a book telling his legends and stories of the Maya Ixil