A seed for Intertwined was planted in 2014 on my first trip to Guatemala. Amelia, Maria, and I traveled to Xojola, Guatemala to work with Jim and Dianne Marie Thompson. The Thompsons lived in Guatemala for many years and did amazing work in several small and remote villages in Guatemala -- bringing medical care, Onil stoves, and more to the Mayan villagers. I was captivated by the beautiful country, its people, and the weaving.
By starting Intertwined, our hope is to provide a new market for the weavers and other artisans of Guatemala (as well as other countries). Some of the women that I met on my very first trip are weaving pillow covers for us!
Above: My young trip companions in 2014!
Jim and Dianne Thompson lived in Guatemala for many years. Among other things, they established several health clinics in remote villages.
Hilda’s mother weaves a Mayan blouse (huipil) with a back strap loom.