Guatemala’s Mayan weavers shine in this warp faced piece with the colors they are famous for. Donated from the private collection of Brenda Rosenbaum, founder of Mayan Hands Foundation. Handwoven in Solola, Guatemala it boasts not only color, but beautiful jaspe (ikat) patterns skillfully dyed and hand woven on a backstrap loom. The long fringes have fancy knotting as the details are not forgotten in this work of art. When you are not wearing this stunning scarf, use it on your table or hang it on the wall and enjoy it all the time.
This scarf/runner measures 64″ long by 10.5″ wide.
About Mayan Hands:
Mayan Hands is a fair trade nonprofit organization dedicated to providing economic and educational opportunities to Mayan women so that they can bring their families out of extreme poverty as they continue to live within the culture they cherish. We believe that when provided economic and educational opportunity, women can build sustainable futures for themselves, their families and communities.
Mayan women are the most marginalized sector of Guatemalan society, with few opportunities for an education or earning a living. Even though they are renowned as textile artists the world over, lack of alternatives and fierce competition forces them to sell their products at very low prices, sometimes under cost.
We partner with more than 200 women artisans in 15 communities in the Guatemalan Highlands. Working with fair trade for 30 years has brought a sea change in the lives of the women we work with: they speak out, resist domestic oppression, and, counting on a regular income, have more control over their lives. Their families eat better and all their children go to school, including the girls, some even to the university.
In addition to paying fair wages for their work, we provide other support to our artisan partners, such as training in new skills and techniques and product design, business and leadership development, occupational health and safety workshops, as well as programs in gender role awareness, domestic violence, and conflict resolution.