Zunil is known to have been a pre-Hispanic settlement both from myths and legends that have been passed down from generation to generation, and from colonial documents. This volume makes several important contributions to the textile and anthropological literature of Guatemala. To list only a few, it describes both the cultural and economic aspects of Zunil; it systematically records the techniques and textile procedures used for weaving on the treadle looms that are used in the community; it documents in detail the techniques employed in making the pompons that decorate the cintas (hair ribbons) that are worn by the women and it describes the design patterns of the cortes (skirts) made and worn in the community.
Rosario Miralbés de Polanco, Eugenia Sáenz de Tejada and Idalma Mejía de Rodas.
Introduction: Guisela Mayén de León.
Translated by Ava Navin.
Editing and revision of English Translation: Marianne Krieger de Quesada.
K’iche’ to Spanish Translation: Pedro Quixtán Zop, Francisco Marroquín Linguistic Project.
Artistic and Technical Drawings: Alfredo Morales.
Diagrams: Comunica Leo Burnett.
Photography: Juan Ortiz.