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Large Red Joyabaj Shoulder Purse with Ball Fringe
Made from a Recycled-Huipil in Guatemala
Measures: 12-1/2" high x 12-1/2" wide and 23-1/2" drop
De Colores Artisan Story

Chichicastenango, Guatemala, has become one of the most important heritage centers in Guatemala during the past 10 years, due to its predominant indigenous Maya Quiche population and their traditional textile products. Yet, despite increased tourism and a renewed interest in traditional Mayan crafts, work opportunities remain few for the indigenous population, many of whom are uneducated and otherwise unemployable.

De Colores Artisan - Sewing a SmileEnter De Colores Art, a local business that levels the playing field for villagers by offering free training to anyone who demonstrates the initiative to learn a trade. The company employs 30 women and 18 men to knit and embroider textile products, with the option of working at home using materials provided by the company. De Colores recognizes the culture of its Mayan employees, and as such allows flexible hours and gives time off for sowing and harvest days.

Black - Joyabaj Huipil Shoulder Purse  
Price: $33.00
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Red - Joyabaj Huipil Shoulder Purse  
Price: $33.00
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Wear your heart on your shoulder with a purse that's been handmade in Guatemala from recycled huipils. A huipil (wee-peel) is a traditional blouse worn by Mayan women in Guatemala, and to the knowledgeable observer it identifies her village, social and marital status, religious background, wealth, and individual personality. A well-woven huipil can last 20 to 30 years before it's sold at market and starts a second life as a rag, quilt, or handbag. Since these items are created from many different blouses, designs and styles will vary slightly.

  • Purse measures 12-1/2" high x 12-1/2" wide with ball fringe
  • Single 47" strap (23-1/2" drop length)
  • Lined in black cotton with an interior pocket and zipper closure
  • Available in Red or Black

Handmade in Guatemala and fair trade imported.

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