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Joyabaj Black Handbag

$48.00

Category: Artisan Name: Artisan Country: 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. Enter 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.

Description

Uniquely handmade, large black Joyabaj Handbag. Rare exclusive from Guatemala.

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Measures & Material

Our large Joyabaj Handbag 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. Measures 18″ wide x 13″ high. Magnetic clasp closure.

Care

How to Clean a Fabric Handbag *Empty your handbag completely. Remember to empty out any pockets. *Use the vacuum hose to vacuum any dirt at the bottom of the bag. Don’t forget to vacuum the pockets. *Apply the fabric spot remover to any visible spots or stains. *Use the warm water and detergent to spot clean your handbag. Blot, instead of scrub the stain so as not to spread it. If there is a large amount of grime, you may hand wash your handbag in a sink of warm water. You may use a toothbrush to rub out stubborn stains. *Take your handbag to the dry cleaners if you do not want to clean your handbag in water, or if the care instructions specifically recommend against hand washing.