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Accessories > Bags & Wallets > Clutches > Recycled Joyabaj Purse from Guatemala

Small Black and Red Joyabaj Purses  Measures: 8 wide x 5-1/2 high
Small Black and Red Joyabaj Purses
Measures: 8 wide x 5-1/2 high

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Small Black Joyabaj Purse
Measures: 8" wide x 5-1/2" high
Small Black Joyabaj Purse - Opened View w/ Shoulder Strap/String
Measures: 8" wide x 5-1/2" high
Small Red Joyabaj Purse
Measures: 8" wide x 5-1/2" high

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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.

Recycled Joyabaj Purse from Guatemala

Black - Recycled Joyabaj Purse
   Funds 5 meals


Red - Recycled Joyabaj Purse
   Funds 5 meals


This cute clutch has been handcrafted in Guatemala from recycled huipils, the traditional blouse worn by Mayan women in Guatemala. To the knowledgable observer, a huipil (wee-peel) identifies a woman's 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.

  • Measures 8" wide x 5-1/2" high
  • Includes 3 pockets and single 50" cord strap (25" drop length)
  • Velcro closure
  • Available in Red or Black

Since these items are created from many different blouses, designs and styles will vary. Handmade in Guatemala and fair trade imported.

Compassionate Trade Eco-Positive Recycled
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