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.
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
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.
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