October 12, 2021
In the modern world, it's become increasingly difficult to find handmade goods and hearty cooked meals that live on with traditions. It feels like almost everything is made artificially without any genuine passion and care.
Guatemalan and Latin American cultures proudly stand by their history and continue to carry on their legacies since many thousands of years ago, crafting by hand and using age-old techniques even today.
One part of history, in particular, tells a magnificent story of just how traditional these cultures continue to be in our ever-growing world, and that is the Tortilla.
Tortilla may still be a popular food choice today, but in fact, it spans back approximately 10,000 years BCE. During this era, it was made with dried kernel and a common food for various Mesoamerican cultures. These civilizations calledit "tlaxcalli."
Today, it remains the base for almost every meal in Guatemala and Latin America - a delicious part of recipes for wrapping ingredients and so much more. Its versatility in cooking and eating makes it like a canvas for a wide variety of dishes.
Making tortillas in centuries old Maya culture involves dedicated and passionate handiwork with a very distinct, rustic style. While other countries like Mexico have evolved their ways of making tortillas using machinery and non-traditional mthods, Guatemala remains true to its roots with handmade tortillas.
You can cherish anything made in Guatemala, including their tortillas, knowing that it is more than merely a product to them. It is their livelihood, heritage, joy, and devotion that goes along with it.
Along with these handcrafted tortilla delights are other handmade items that Guatemala is renowned for. While vastly different in their own right (tortillas are eaten and handcrafted goods are used for other purposes), both uphold their cultural traditions.
These include skills acquired from previous generations that have been carried on over many years, as well as intricate handiwork that genuinely shows their passion. One can always tell when they eat or use something made with love. It is unique, it tells a story, and it is unlike any other experience.
And just like the tortillas, their crafts also represent immense cultural richness. Immersing yourself within Guatemalan culture is truly a one-of-a-kind sensation because of how deeply ingrained they are in their traditions.
At Tortilla Crafts, we offer a variety of handcrafted Guatemalan pieces, including textiles, woven baskets, wooden carved masks, and many more to help you embrace this spirited and uplifting culture in your own life.
Inspired by these traditions, our crafts display this signature, classic style and are all made by hand, delivering on the promise to share such a vibrant and wonderful culture.
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April 28, 2021 1 Comment
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