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Huipil Handbag - Overdyed  and Handmade in Guatemala Measures: 14 high x 13 wide
Huipil Handbag - Overdyed and Handmade in Guatemala
Measures: 14 high x 13 wide

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Huipil Handbag w/ Magnetic Clasp - Overdyed w/ Black Cloth
Measures: 14" high x 13" wide
Huipil Handbag w/ Magnetic Clasp - Overdyed w/ Brown Cloth
Measures: 14" high x 13" wide
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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.

Overdyed Huipil Handbag
from Guatemala

Black - Huipil Overdyed Handbag
   Funds 18 meals


Brown - Huipil Overdyed Handbag
   Funds 18 meals


Wear your heart on your shoulder with a handbag that's been artisan-crafted from colorful huipils in Guatemala. 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.

The color of the huipils used to produce these bags have been altered with an overdye technique in which the huipil is put into a vat of brown dye to make the many colors blend together.

  • Measures 14" high x 13" wide
  • Magnetic clasp closure
  • Overdyed with Black or Brown cloth
  • Lined with two interior pockets for added organization

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

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