Resilience, resourcefulness and creativity: learning from the diversification of Guatemalan artisans during the pandemic to sustain textile traditions

Piper, A., Townsend, K. ORCID: 0000-0003-2212-2511 and Jabur, L., 2023. Resilience, resourcefulness and creativity: learning from the diversification of Guatemalan artisans during the pandemic to sustain textile traditions. Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice. ISSN 2051-1787

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Coronavirus detrimentally impacted textile craft production and the income of indigenous artisans, including those working in the Lake Atitlán area. The article focuses on how five enterprises diversified their entrepreneurial practices and actioned strategies to support their communities during the crisis. Interviews with host textile companies based in Guatemala, the US and UK were conducted to inform case studies documenting the artisans’ experiences, the pandemic response and implications for the long-term effects on the sector. The research highlights the creative resilience of the artisans; how regional lockdowns restricting the transport of materials and provisions, led to a regional sharing economy. The crisis highlighted the advantages of homeworking, belonging to cooperatives and the benefits of partnerships with NGO’s for accessing essential resources, income and routes to market. Despite the loss of local income streams, engagement with and investment in digital platforms opened new communication and sales channels, enabling artisans to maintain revenue.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: Resilience, resourcefulness and creativity
Description: Special Issue of selected developed papers presented at Futurescan 5: Conscious Communities, University of Leeds, 2022.
Publication Title: Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice
Creators: Piper, A., Townsend, K. and Jabur, L.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date: 19 June 2023
ISSN: 2051-1787
Rights: © 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License (,which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way. The terms on which this article has been published allow the posting of the Accepted Manuscript in a repository by the author(s) or with their consent.
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham School of Art & Design
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 20 Jun 2023 07:51
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2023 07:51

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