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Maguey Journey: Discovering Textiles in Guatemala

 Author: Kathryn Rousso  Category: Book  Publisher: The University of Arizona Press  Published: 2010

Chapters focus on maguey fibers in Guatemala and include history, botanical information, harvesting, fiber extraction, spinning, dyeing and patterns, and loom-woven (treadle, fixed-vertical, vertical, back-strap and horizontal looms) and non-loom or hand-construction (looping, knitting, ply-split darning and braiding, linking, crochet, interlacing, sprang, braiding, macramé and plait-coiling) techniques used to create bags, hammocks, rope, equestrian gear, tumplines and other products. Initially with a Fulbright grant, the author spent a year plus researching in rural Guatemala.

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