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Guatemalan Mayan women artisan's work selected for exhibition in the United States

Rug-hookers from the highlands will attend the opening in Minnesota


Panajachel, Guatemala - Yolanda Calgua and Rosa F. Garcia, from the departments of Solola and Quiche, have been invited to attend an opening of their work in the United States on September 23, 2011 at the Anderson Center in Red Wing, MN. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

The women will leave their homes in rural Patanatik and Quiejel to participate in the exhibit: “Mary Anne Wise & Friends: The Art of the Hooked Rug.”

These two artisans are members of the non-profit organization, Oxlajuj B’atz’, in Panajachel and will be welcomed with a full itinerary when they get to North America.

They have been working in this craft for 3 years and are delighted to have been chosen by the curator, Mary Anne Wise, who is also their respected instructor.

The Mayans hooked rugs were chosen because they combine geometrical patterns and figures from traditional Mayan textiles in the medium of a hooked rug and are beautifully detailed.


Oxlajuj B’atz’ (Thirteen Threads) is a non-profit indigenous women’s empowerment and non-formal education organization based in Guatemala since 2004. We are a project of Asociación Tejedoras Unidas - Komon Ajkemin Guatemala and our fiscal sponsor in the U.S. is the Maya Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public foundation.


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