In Guatemala the rich patterns that are part of the local culture can still be seen on the garments worn in the villages and mountains. These beautiful textiles have a rich history, and on cold nights wearing layers of beautiful, colourful textiles is how things have been for several thousand years.Casa de Artes is more than a shop and is considered more of a museum with 55 years of history and 5 generations behind it. Casa de Artes started as convenience store ("tiendita") next to the only Gas Station in Panajachel Lake Atitlán. The owner, Mrs. Eva Hannstein de Smith, a Guatemalan native of German descend. It later opened in Antigua and for 55 years it has been the store-like museum that is a reference for anybody interested in folk art. Desiree is part of the family lineage and a textile expert.Desiree Schaeffer specialises in creating traditional Guatemalan textiles, particularly traditional huipiles (loose-fitting blouses) that are heavily embroidered with floral and geometric designs. Uniquely Guatemalan, these textiles are noted for their individuality of colour, design and patterns.