Guatemalan Purse Face

In 2003 and 2004 I went to Guatemala to study Spanish. On one of those trips I bought a small purse made by local weavers. It’s been hanging on the wall of my living room since 2008.

Today, for the first time, I glanced sort of sideways at it and saw a face looking back at me. Two steep triangles make the eyebrows, the squares with the W make cheeks (or earrings in a universe with less perspective) and the rest of the face goes from there.

A piece of weaving becomes a face


    1. Isabel Gibson

      Tom – Well, there are things staring at me everywhere! 🙂 It’s fun – I find it goes in spurts. Not sure what that part of the brain is doing other times . . .

  1. This photo takes “faces” to another level. You have to appreciate the cultural style of the art to be able to see the face. Without your hints, I would have been at a loss to find those features. What an interesting mindset you have to accommodate that cultural diversity!

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