Thrilled with the excitement of my son participating in the children’s international costume party, I extended an invitation to his friends from his Spanish playgroup. I shared with the girls’ father a flyer of the costume party, and asked if the girls would represent Guatemala.
I’m pretty sure my excitement was apparent because he was quick to say yes, and he too was excited to have his daughters dress in trajes de Chichi. Guatemalan dresses from Chichicastenango de Santo Tomás in Guatemala.
He expressed that he would call his mom, and ask her to send the dresses. The girls’ Abuela actually makes, and sells these dresses en el mercado (market). I was able to get a glimpse of the dresses before the costume party, and I have to admit that I became fascinated with the beautiful colors, and fabric. I started researching on-line on trajes from Guatemala. Apparently, the styles differ from region; and the ones that the girls are actually sold in Chichicastenango, Guatemala.
The girls proudly carried their Guatemalan flag, and paraded in their beautiful trajes de Chichi. What better way to represent your culture!
As part of our Discovering Guatemala with Kids Series
we made the Guatemalan worry dolls also known as muñecas quitapenas in Spanish. They are traditional Guatemalan toys, and according to legend children tell one worry to each doll when they go to bed at night and place the dolls under their pillow. In the morning the dolls have taken their worries away.
I followed the instructions on how to make the worry dolls from Creativity in Motion
. She has a step-by-step picture instructions that was very helpful.
I bought wooden clothespin, colorful yarn, and I already had the pipe cleaners. The kids were indeed excited to make them, but after wrapping the yarn halfway they got tired. (So I suggest this activity for older kids) They each picked a color and made their worry dolls. My son made one with pants because it was a boy, and the girls made theirs with skirts. Cute!
You can also try making the worry dolls entirely of pipe cleaners (chenille stems) click here for the instructions.
We’ve been having so much fun learning about Guatemala! Our next post in the series is about the authentic Guatemalan dresses!