It’s hard to believe I’ve finished three weeks of language school already! On the one hand, I feel like I’ve learned a lot, on the other, I’m realizing just how much I need to learn!
|Church in the center of town|
(loudspeakers on top blasted music all day)
|Beautiful fabrics at the Coopertiva|
The woman who gave the presentation spoke in a clear, slow voice, so I was able to follow most of what she said. She showed us a large cloth (approx 1 yard X 1 yard) called a ‘sute’. Each sute is handwoven and unique. Different colors have different meanings. For example, green represents the quetzal, the national bird of Guatemala. The purple is for the color and smell of the sea. The sute she held up took one year to complete. Some can take as many as two years!
|Sute as baby-sling|
|Sute as worn by a senorita (single girl)|
Our guide had been married at 16. One of the reasons for the Cooperative is to help provide for the education of young women so they can go to school and not get married so early.
After the demonstration, she asked for volunteers. I was one of them, and I’m glad I was! A couple other Mayan women came and helped our guide, and we were all dressed in traditional Mayan clothing.
|Getting ready for the wedding.|
My 'son' is next to me.
|The entire Bridal party ready to head to the church |
for the boda (wedding)!
The past is far more tangible here than back home in the U.S. It’s a little jarring sometimes to see these old buildings, all the ruins, and women in traditional Mayan clothing, and then see signs for Internet Cafes and people checking iPhones. But, somehow it works.
Walking down the cobblestone streets, munching on a piece of pan dulce (this insanely delicious bread which tastes like cake!) and seeing the mix of past and present is a gift. What a blessing to experience so much!
Until next time, I hope each of you has a great day in whatever place (and time!) God has placed you.