I’m sure many of the beautiful, colorful clothes and other items that one can buy in Guatemala are made in factories these days. But you can usually tell when something is made by hand. For Nancy Merrill’s Photo a Week theme “Hand Made,” this is a quilt I saw for sale during my day trip in Guatemala:
I didn’t buy it, just admired it! I did buy the piece below, which I bought in Peru in 2008 and is now hanging on the mantle in my living room. It was made by the Uros people, who live on floating islands made of reeds in Lake Titicaca.
I have always loved and admired folk art, perhaps more so because I completely lack the talent to do beautiful handiwork like these artisans do.