Envelope Clutch - Isabella
Made by Precious Hands
This one-of-a-kind woven clutch pairs perfectly with boyfriend jeans and breezy cocktail dresses alike. Each bag was repurposed from a Mayan woman's traditional blouse, known as a huipil, and is a work of art which can take months to complete. Every purchase empowers women artisans at Precious Hands in Guatemala.
- Fits an iPad
- Approximately 9″ x 11″
- As with all handwoven items, variations will occur
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Precious Hands works closely with artisans in Guatemala to help design, produce, market, and sell their handmade goods. Precious Hands commits part of its profits to a micro-loan program, which provides long-lasting and sustainable assistance to individuals in the communities in which the artisans live and work. Through the program, individuals can earn fair wages, grow their businesses, and prosper, thus improving their lives and their children's lives.
Huipils have been worn by women of Mesoamerica since the arrival of the Spanish to the Americas. Though indigenous dress has disappeared from most areas in the world, the traditional huipils are still worn in Guatemala today. Clothing is of great cultural significance to the Mayan people, and the huipil is the most iconic garment.
Traditional huipils are woven on a backstrap loom by artisans using a technique that has been passed down through generations of women. First, raw wool or cotton is washed, combed, spun, and then stretched across the loom. As the cloth is being woven, colorful threads are added to create the intricate patterns. The weaver may use natural dyes, which are created from plants, insects, flowers, and berries.
The Mayan women who weave the huipils memorize countless patterns. Each pattern is a work of art and can take months to complete. The patterns that are woven into the cloth have great significance for the Mayan culture, representing the weaver’s heritage, marital status, religion, personality, and the village she is from. Every region and town in Guatemala has unique huipil patterns that distinguish each one from one another.
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.
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