Embroidery art panel depicting the violence of the 1980s and 1990s
The civil war in Guatemala during the 1970s through the mid-1990s decimated the indigenous Maya population in many parts of the country. The village of San Andres Semetabaj is a very traditional Maya town located on a shelf of land high above Lake Atitlan. This town was particularly traumatized by the army during this period. These embroideries are of contemporary manufacture, and were woven and embroidered by hand by women in a weaving cooperative in San Andres. Each is signed by the woman in embroidery on the reverse side. Through their embroideries, they tell their stories of violence and murder at the hands of state violence by the Guatemalan government.
Size: approximately 19 inches square
Condition: NEW never used or displayed, colors bright and vibrant