Handcraft in Guatemala:
Wood Carving in the Peten Region
The Peten region of northern Guatemala is famous not only for its magnificent Mayan ruins such as Tikal, but also for its exuberant tropical rainforest. The abundance of beautiful hardwood led to a vibrant wood carving industry in the area that dates back to the days of the Mayan empire.
|Carving hardwood — mahogany, rosewood, Caribbean walnut and the exotic ziricote being the most popular — takes a lot of experience and attention to detail. The results are beautiful and unique pieces of art.|
|The artists of the Peten region produce a wide variety of items, from replicas of Mayan ceremonial masks and figurines to bedposts and headboards to souvenirs for tourists.|
|The exotic ziricote wood with its distinctive black stripes has been used for ceremonial objects since the days of the Mayan empire.|
|Dark stripes and patches, typical of many kinds of hardwood, make each item totally unique.|