Weaving is an important aspect of daily life in Guatemala. A loom is normally composed of 5 sticks. One end is fastened to a pole or tree while the weaver creates the needed tension by utilizing a belt or back-strap that is worn around the waist. The traje is very durable and woman may wear it for many years, weaving a new one to recognize major life transitions or in response to household prosperity.
Textiles are important in both the domestic and commercial spheres of Guatemala. Many people from rural areas travel to cities nearby to sell their textiles and other products in large open-air markets and expand their customer base.