The Guate Crew Arrives in Antigua! (Day 5)

¡Hola a todos!

Today we spent the entire day with the tejedoras, or weavers. We worked with the becadas to collect footage for a mini documentary about each of our weavers, which will be presented to them this coming Friday. Some of us learned how to perform the various styles of weaving, others tried on the traditional hüipil blouses, or viewed some of the textiles the tejedoras had made.

One highlight of the day for all of us was finally learning how to tortillar, a process which, to the dismay of many of us, was far easier said than done. The process begins with a large bowl of masa (corn dough). One must shift little balls of dough from one hand to the other until a flawless pancake-like product emerges. While the becadas and tejedoras produced perfectly round tortillas, our first attempts were lopsided, ripped, and more closely remembling a thick slice of bread than a skinny pancake. This sharp learning curve certainly heightened our appreciation for the beloved food, and after a little practice our tortillas were even nice enough to serve alongside lunch…

Tomorrow we will spend another day with the becadas, working together to finish the mini documentaries that we started today. We have all learned so much from the girls–whether it be new words in Spanish, descriptions of the Guatemalan culture, or how to become a master at tortillar-ing–we have enjoyed every moment with them. We look forward to getting to know them better tomorrow as we explore the streets of Antigua together, a city which will be new to all of us.

¡Hasta pronto!

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