Guatemala is recognized throughout the world for the quality of its intricately handwoven textiles. Mayan women have used them to make blouses known as huipiles that, over hundreds of years, have come to represent an important part of their cultural identity.
The weaves have also become popular among contemporary designers who use them to create fashion accessories. But some Mayan women aren’t happy about that. Saying their designs are being stolen, they have started a legal battle to trademark their products.
But as Correspondent Harris Whitbeck reports, it’s not just a dispute about textiles. It’s a fight for women’s and indigenous rights.