In Ancient Mesoamerica, weaving colorful fabric was an art form. The Inca, Maya, and Aztec cultures were all exceptional weavers. Ancient Mayan art often shows women spinning and weaving with backstrap looms. The elaborate and colorful patterns on their fabrics would be worn as a symbol of skill and status. Today Mayan women weave fine textiles in the same way.
Art students have been learning about these ancient cultures and created their own hand looms. They painted a colorful background using simple geometric shapes and then applied colorful, repurposed yarn to weave in a radial pattern.