Woven Cosmetic Bag - Martha
Made by Precious Hands
This one-of-a-kind woven bag is perfect for cosmetics and other essentials!
* Pink cotton lining with interior zipper pocket
* Approximately 8" x 10"
Precious Hands works closely with artisans in Guatemala to help them design, produce, market and sell their handmade goods. Precious Hands commits part of its profits to their micro loan program, which provides long-lasting and sustainable assistance to individuals in the communities where their artisans live and work. Through the program, individuals can earn fair wages, grow their businesses, and prosper, thus improving their lives and the lives of their children.
This beautiful hand embroidered bag was originally a part of a Mayan woman’s traditional blouse known as a huipil (wepeel). The fabric used for huipils are woven on back-strap looms and then embroidered. The colors, weaves, and design represent her personality and the village she is from. Each huipil is a work of art and can take months to complete. Once a woman grows tired of her huipil she may trade it or sell it for extra income. Precious Hands pays women fairly for their huipils and repurposes them to create new products thus creating more jobs.
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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 their micro-loan program, which provides long-lasting and sustainable assistance to individuals in the communities where their artisans live and work. Through the program, individuals can earn fair wages, grow their businesses, and prosper, thus improving their lives and the lives of their children.
Huipils have been worn by women of Mesoamerica since the arrival of the Spanish to the Americas. Though indigenous dress has disappeared from most parts of 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, using a technique that has been passed down through women for generations. First, raw wool or cotton is washed, combed, and spun, 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, created from plants, insects, flowers and berries.
The Mayan women who weave the huipils memorize countless patterns. Each one 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 them 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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