Carry a piece of history with this adorable little clutch. The tribal ikat design is handwoven on traditional backstrap looms by artisans in the highlands of . Their internationally renowned weaving skills tell a story through color and patterns of a tradition passed down through generations.
- Material: 100% Cotton with natural dyes
- Measurements: L 8" x H 5.5" + 4" Tassel
- Details: Zippered closure, black lining + tassel pull
- Handmade with love in Guatemala
- As with all handcrafted goods, there are slight variations making each piece a work of art and truly one of a kind.
A nonprofit organization located in Panajachel, a small town on Lake Atitlan in the western highlands of Guatemala, is dedicated to connecting 120 indigenous artisans from the surrounding area to international markets. Through Fair Trade programs, they empower women artisans, their families, and their communities to strengthen their entrepreneurial ecosystems. The foundation leverages traditional Maya heritage and art to rescue, preserve and promote the ancestral culture of the highland artisans with a focus on backstrap weaving. By earning a fair price for their work, the artisans are able to provide sustenance, medical care and education to their children and contribute economically in their communities.
The textiles are entirely produced on traditional backstrap looms, which have been in use since the time of the Maya empire. This highly specialized weaving technique has been passed down from grandmother to mother and mother to daughter for hundreds of generations and produces intricate, durable textiles. This technique is time consuming but also very versatile and can be used to create fabrics light or heavy, smooth or textured, with endless color combinations and ikat designs.
About the Partner & Their Impact:
Our Impact Partner, SLATE + SALT, is a mission based brand providing a worldwide customer base for artisanal treasures found in rural, impoverished villages around the world. We support the Fair Trade movement and work closely with Fair Trade organizations to facilitate dignified working opportunities in areas of extreme poverty. All of our products are artisan handmade using traditional techniques handed down through generations. We specialize in cashmere scarves hand-loomed in Nepal by disabled weavers, alpaca accessories from Peru, Turkish towels from a cooperative in Turkey and jewelry created from recycled bomb remnants originating in Laos and Cambodia.
Packaging Details: 100% Curbside Recycle