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Accessories > Bags & Wallets > Shoulder Bags > Joyabaj Huipil Shoulder Bag from Guatemala

Large Black and Small Red Joybaj Shoulder Bags Large Measures: 18 high x 15 wide Small Measures: 15 high x 12 wide
Large Black and Small Red Joybaj Shoulder Bags
Large Measures: 18 high x 15 wide
Small Measures: 15 high x 12 wide

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Large Black Joyabaj Shoulder Bag
Measures: 18" high x 15" wide
Large Red Joyabaj Shoulder Bag
Measures: 18" high x 15" wide
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De Colores Artisan Story
Guatemala

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.


Joyabaj Huipil Shoulder Bag
from Guatemala

Small - Black
Joyabaj Huipil Shoulder Bag
   Funds 15 meals

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Small - Red
Joyabaj Huipil Shoulder Bag
   Funds 15 meals

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Large - Black
Joyabaj Huipil Shoulder Bag
   Funds 20 meals

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Large - Red
Joyabaj Huipil Shoulder Bag
   Funds 20 meals

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Wear your heart on your shoulder with our Joyabaj Huipil Shoulder Purse, which has 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.

  • Large measures 18" high x 15" wide with two 27" handles (13" drop length)
  • Small measures 15" high x 12" wide with two 24" handles (12" drop length)
  • Zipper closure, black cotton lining and interior pocket for extra organization
  • Available in Red or Black

Handmade in Guatemala and fair trade imported.

Compassionate Trade Eco-Positive Recycled
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