Travel Bag - Half Moon Bay
Made in Guatemala
by women weavers preserving techniques
Crafted from bright handwoven textiles, this travel bag holds all of your essentials in one place! Each purchase empowers artisans working with Maya Traditions in Guatemala.
Travel Bag - Half Moon Bay
As with all handmade items, no two pieces are the same. Variations in size, color, and design will occur.
- Approximately 8.5” x 10”
- Includes a zipper pocket on the inside for smaller items
- Care Instructions: Spot clean.
- As with all handwoven items, variations will occur
Located in Panajachel, Sololá, Guatemala, Maya Traditions has been dedicated to connecting indigenous, female Maya backstrap weaver artisans and their families to national and international markets since 1996. Maya Traditions ensures that the culture of these artisans is preserved and seen across all of their products. By promoting a fair trade model, their main goal is to help these artisan families and their communities work towards a better lifestyle. They provide various social programs in youth education, community health, and artisan development. Today, Maya Traditions partners with eight self-governed cooperatives in six rural villages and over 100 skilled female artisans who practice many different artisan techniques.
Backstrap weaving is an ancient art form that has been used around the world for generations, and is still used today in many regions. Backstrap looms are simple and portable, often made by the weaver themselves using wooden rods. One end is tied to a tree or post, while the other end is secured to the weaver’s waist using a strap - hence the name “backstrap loom.”
Backstrap weaving is part of the culture of the Guatemalan highlands. Young girls begin to learn weaving techniques from their elders at a young age, and many women are able to support themselves and their families with their skills. These intricate products tell a rich cultural story, while supporting the talented Mayan women who weave them.
Guatemala, the “land of the forests” is an alive and ancestral country whose history dates from four thousand years ago when the Mayan civilization emerged. Its legacy is still evident in its extraordinary cultural richness, which is reflected in the colorful handicraft markets and regional costumes, its hospitality, and the beauty of the landscapes that frame the volcanoes, lakes, rivers, and mountains. Today 21 different ethnic groups of Mayan, Ladinos, Garifunas, and Xincas have all contributed to Guatemalan customs and traditions. The handicrafts are an expression of the Guatemalan culture: handmade, colorful textiles, carved wood, silver, jade jewelry, candles, pottery, blown glass, leather articles, and many more handicrafts that characterize the cultural diversity of this small, but wonderful country.
Fair Trade Products
Fair Trade is an approach to international trade centered around equitable partnerships, transparency and respect. It seeks to empower marginalized producers by providing them safe working conditions, fair pay, and a means to establish a sustainable business free from exploitation. As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, we are committed to the Fair Trade principles.