Priscilla Kibbee

I love to travel all over the globe shopping for textiles to add to my wearable art. I have taught quilting to school children in Nepal, seminole patchwork to seamstresses in Thailand, and jackets and embellishment to quilters in Turkey where I also served as a judge at 2 of their International Quilt Shows. I have created garments for 5 Fairfield and Bernina Fashion Shows and teach classes on embellishment and wearable art. Lately I have been leaning more toward making art quilts.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Quick trip to Guatemala

Eight days after returning from Asia I embarked on a week-long shopping trip to Guatemala. I based myself in Panajachel, on the shores of the gorgeous Lake Atitlan. There won't be any lake photos as it was misty on the horizon from the farmers burning off fields in the area. This is a mural over a really nice restaurant at the head of Santander Street...the main street in Panajachel.
Halfway up the street is a nice ice cream parlor with banana splits. Not quite as nice as Swenson's in Bangkok...but acceptable. And its a great people watching location.

One of my favorite restaurants appropriately named El Jardin. They had wonderful homemade breads and jam.

Tne entrance to my room in a small garden. I always reserve early so i can have this wonderful room. The hotel also has a travel agency with shuttle service which I always use. I have stayed at several other hotels in town and like this one the best. It is called Posada de las Volcanes. One morning as I was walking up Calle Santander a parade of children was exiting the school yard, about halfway up the street.

Many of the towns in Guatemala acquired tuk tuks which are handy after serious shopping.

There are a series of fast food stalls which seem to be a permanant fixture outside the school yard and are open late in the evening.

An hour by boat across the lake is the colorful town of Santiago Atitlan. These photos are from market day. The women wear my favorite huipils from the area. Light blue striped fabric with gorgeous birds. The men used to wear pedal pushers made from the same fabric with colorful birds on the hem but they are rarely seen these days.
One of my young friends from town over the years named Joe. He currently drives a tuk tuk although I think he is probably 12 or 13 years old.
Women selling huipils in the market. The birds are increasingly being made by machine but are still gorgeous. And, of course, they are becoming more and more expensive.

I stayed overnight in Chichicastenango in order to attend the market early and visit a huipil dealer. This was the street in front of my hotel being set up on market day.
I found two Singer Featherweight sewing machines in a local shop. The one which appeared to be in the best condition was listed at $133.

The courtyard of my hotel.
The steps of the famous church in the center of the market. It is a mixture of Catholicism and shamanism. It is not uncommon to find people praying in front of the altar and others listening to a shaman with candles and chicken parts performing a ritual.

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