Micaela, lives with her parents and siblings in the rural village of Chuacruz, in the Department of Sololá in the South Western region of Guatemala. Micaela learned to rug hook in 2013 from rug hooking teachers Glendy Muj and Yolanda Calgua de Sucunu. Micaela subsequently taught her younger sisters, Irma and Yolanda, to rug hook.
The use of geometric designs in Micaela's rugs are inspired by the symbols and motifs found in traditional Maya clothing: 'huipils' (blouses), 'fajas' (belts) and 'tzutes' (carrying cloths). These symbols are representations of nature, folklore, and Maya cosmovision. Through the use of colors and patterns, the huipil also conveys information about the community where the woman was born. All of this, Micaela translates into her rugs to make them unique pieces of art reflective of Maya culture.
A severe case of bronchitis when she was 8 years old, has left Micaela with delicate health. Often her family were unable to meet her medical expenses, but with income from rug hooking she now sees a doctor on a regular basis and can afford medication. Multicolores' ethos of mutual support and learning has really helped Micaela to overcome her shyness. Through workshops she has enjoyed connecting and exchanging ideas with other women outside of her village.
Michaela Charnel Julajuj