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Nowhere are the skills of backstrap weaving so widely practised as in Guatemala and Mexico. Everywhere weavers can be seen sitting down to weave , under a tree, in front of houses, inside open doorways. Complex and colourful designs reflecting thousands of years of tradition and skill are still produced from a few sticks and balls of yarn. This film unravels the secrets of backstrap weaving and shows how the ancient Amerindian cultures survive through it.

Filmed in Mexico and Guatemala. Contents: The backstrap loom ,warping up backstrap loom and different weaving techniques used to produce an amazing range of multicoloured huipils and cloths.