This isn't entirely germane to knitting, (though I found plenty of cotton yarn in the markets, not much knitting; it was for ancient BACKLOOM weaving!) but I couldn't think of any other group of fine people who would so enjoy such rich fibre arts. Any-some-how, I just unpacked the ol' duffel bag from my trip (I missed y'all) and was struck again by this incredible Guatemalan 'huipil' from Patzun. I've washed and blocked it; I have no idea what to do with it; but as a piece of art alone it's worthy of respect--HANDspun, HANDdyed; HANDwoven on a very basic back loom then embroidered by a master hand! The woman who did this obviously loved life and her garden!
I wonder how a sweater done this way would look??? With bands of maroon intarsia with single threads carried between? Interestingly, the two woven halves of the huipil are also mirror images of each other. Every region has it's own style of weaving and sometimes embroidery; and every village has a different take on the regional style, plus every weaver and embroiderer makes individual decisions according to skill and what the huipil will be used for (every day, Sunday, Fiesta, etc).