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Woven Pencil Bag - Amanda

Made by Precious Hands

$ 30.00

Store your pens, pencils, highlighters, and other school supplies in this one-of-a-kind bag! Handmade from Mayan huipils, every blouse is repurposed into something beautiful. Each purchase empowers Precious Hands artisans in Guatemala.

    Fair Trade Handmade Woven Pencil Bag - Amanda | The Little Market

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    Details

    • Pink cotton lining
    • Approximately 4" x 8.5"

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    If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase or fair trade gift, please contact us before mailing products back at orders@thelittlemarket.com. Any taxes charged will be refunded in accordance with state laws. Shipping charges are nonrefundable, and return shipping fees may apply. A 10% restocking fee will apply. Returns are accepted within 30 days of the date that you received your order.

    Please allow up to 2 weeks for us to receive your return and process your request. Refunds will be issued in the original form of payment for the cost of the product plus taxes. If the item was a gift, we will issue store credit for the return. Unless your order arrived damaged, shipping costs for returns are the responsibility of the customer.

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    About The Artisans

    About The Artisans

    Precious Hands

    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.
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    THE TECHNIQUE

    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.
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    About The Country

    Guatemala

    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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    About Fair Trade

    About Fair Trade

    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.
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