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Sea Foam Cotton Shawl from Guatemala

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This beautiful cotton shawl has been hand-woven in Guatemala on a traditional back-strap loom, a complex and increasingly rare technique that has been passed down through generations of Mayan culture. Large enough to use as a throw in your home or simply use as a shawl to keep you cozy and comfortable, this wrap in soothing sea foam tones is sure to be a hit. 

This woven cotton shawl is made by women artisans from the UPAVIM cooperative on the outskirts of Guatemala City. UPAVIM, which stands for United for a Better Life, is an 80 member artisan enterprise helping women through social and economic empowerment. In addition to training women in creating various handmade textiles, UPAVIM has established a school, a pharmacy and a bakery within their cooperative.

  • Measures 72” long x 24” wide

Handmade in Guatemala and fair trade imported.


UPAVIM Artisan Story


UPAVIM Crafts is a cooperative of women who live in marginalized communities on the outskirts of Guatemala City. The women in the organization are mothers, homemakers, widows and some have been abandoned by their families. Many of them are the sole bread winners for their families. Unidas Para Vivir Mejor(United for A Better Life, or UPAVIM) was established in 1989 to create jobs for these women and to establish facilities of health-care, education and other social issues to benefit the community they lived in. Over the years, UPAVIM has grown from a small community health project to about a 80 member business cooperative. The organization employs teachers, seamstresses, nurses, administrators, cooks, cleaners and secretaries each of whom is paid a fair wage and is linked to UPAVIM ‘s fair trade business.

Amongst some of the achievements, In 2002 the cooperative was awarded the best Non-traditional Textile Exporter award by AGEXPRONT, a national trade organization, also UPAVIM’s Montessori school was recognized by the Guatemalan government.

Category: Apparel

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