The culture of basket weaving is strong amongst Mayan women. It is not only there out of necessity and survival; their connection to nature, using natural elements for their craft, and the influence of nature's design all contribute to these creations. Mayan hands is associated with these talented artists in order to accompany them on their journey out of extreme poverty, towards empowerment and self-sufficiency, by allowing their authentic hand woven pieces to be sold. We are a small fair trade organization founded in 1989. We currently work with about 150 women in eight different Guatemalan communities. These talented weavers, embroiderers, basket makers, felters, and crocheters, produce beautiful, high quality items we are proud to offer to you.
Made In: Guatemala Designer From: Guatemala
For more than three thousand years working on the backstrap loom, Mayan women have woven their own clothing, their families’ clothing, and managed to turn it into a lifestyle way or life and work. The ancient backstrap loom is very simple, made up of several sticks and a leather or sisal strap that wraps around the woman’s body. It requires painstaking dedication and skill. With complex patterns. even expert weavers can weave only about one inch of cloth per hour.
Through the centuries, Mayan women have made an important cash contribution to their households by selling handwoven goods. At present, however, there are nearly one million weavers in Guatemala, and not close to enough outlets or customers for their products. Too often, desperate for cash, they sell their products for less than it costs to make them. However, under the partnership with Mayan Hands and protection under fair trade, their work can be sold at their true worth.
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