San Juan La Laguna
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Local crafts on Lake Atitlan
San Juan La Laguna, a village on the northwest shore of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, is known for the vibrant colours of its yarn and the beautiful textiles made with it. The women in the community formed a collective to create these products and keep the traditional art alive. What's most remarkable is that the beautiful colours are all achieved from natural dyes. For example, yellow and light green shades are produced from camomile. Pink is derived from ground-up cochinilla (a local insect) and adding a rusty nail to the mix produces shades of red. We wandered through the tiny stores along the main street of the village, examining the beautiful wares before making a purchase. A short boat trip from Panajachel, but a world away in terms of serenity, San Juan La Laguna is well worth the visit.
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