Community: Samac community, Cobán, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala
Techniques: Pikbil (gauze inlay) on the backstrap loom
Carmen is Q’eqchi’ Maya, the third largest Maya ethnic group in Guatemala. She participates as a young weaver with the weaving group Ixbalamke’ which means Goddess of the Moon. Carmen is from the community of Samac where she learned to weave from her mother when she was ten years old, just as her mother learned from her grandmother. Carmen is currently studying English in order to help the group of Ixbalamke’ weavers in international events. When she isn’t in class, she spends her time weaving. As a representative of Ixbalamke’, Carmen has competed for the title Señorita de Cobán in which young women contest to explain about their traditional clothing, food, dance, language and Q’eqchi’ Maya culture.