Maria Family #1 Tree Wall Hanging
This charming handmade wall hanging was made in a small village on the shores of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Artisans in the village of San Juan La Laguna use purely natural and plant-based dyes with organic cotton (grown on their own land) to create their handmade items. Techniques passed down through generations ensure that these 100% eco-friendly products stand the test of time.
This particular wall hanging was inspired by the family of the maker, Maria. We met Maria in a small shop selling the products of the weaving cooperative she belongs to. She had made only three wall hangings and we bought them all! We hadn't seen anything else like them and we didn't see any after so, these are truly unique. She was lovely and explained that each piece had been made at night while she was sitting by the fire they use for cooking and dye making. In fact, you can still smell the faint scent of the smoke from her fire! She used the traditional backstrap loom seen throughout Guatemala and organic cotton that she had dyed using the traditional plant-based methods. This piece is truly unique in that she found some sequins that she used as the ground from which the family tree grows. You can see the roots peeking out below the sacred ground and the fluffy clouds above made from the natural and untreated cotton grown on her land.
For this piece, we had to replace her original loom rod at the top. It was simply too long to fit in our bags but, we replaced it with a simple wooden dowel so as not to detract from this simple yet stunning piece of art.
Dimensions: 23.5" Long X 23" Wide from the wood dowel X 17.5" Wide Weaving