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Huipil Handbag from Guatemala

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Wear your heart on your shoulder with a handbag that's been artisan-crafted from colorful huipils (wee-peels), the traditional blouse worn by Mayan women in Guatemala. To the knowledgeable observer, a huipil identifies a woman's village, social and marital status, religious background, wealth, and individual personality, and a well-woven huipil can last 20 to 30 years before it's sold at market to start its second life as a rag, quilt, or handbag.

  • Meaures 14" high x 13" wide
  • Magnetic clasp closure
  • Lined with interior pocket for added organization
  • Available in Flower, Geometric, or Geometric & Flower patterns

Since these items are created from many different blouses, designs and styles will vary. Handmade in Guatemala and fair trade imported.


De Colores Artisan Story

Chichicastenango, Guatemala, has become one of the most important heritage centers in Guatemala during the past 10 years, due to its predominant indigenous Maya Quiche population and their traditional textile products. Yet, despite increased tourism and a renewed interest in traditional Mayan crafts, work opportunities remain few for the indigenous population, many of whom are uneducated and otherwise unemployable.

De Colores Artisan - Sewing a SmileEnter De Colores Art, a local business that levels the playing field for villagers by offering free training to anyone who demonstrates the initiative to learn a trade. The company employs 30 women and 18 men to knit and embroider textile products, with the option of working at home using materials provided by the company. De Colores recognizes the culture of its Mayan employees, and as such allows flexible hours and gives time off for sowing and harvest days.

Category: Handbags

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