Posts in : Fair Trade Gifts
This year it has seemed relentless how the East Coast and Midwest have been experiencing horrible storms and severe winter chill one after the other, while the Southwest continues to undergo a drought of epic proportions. For those of us on the West Coast this plight is made slightly more bearable by the beach and ability to still go out. For those of us on the East Coast traveling outside is a little bit more of an ordeal. However, I have found that our hand woven silk scarves have kept me warm and feeling stylish in any weather. It is a perfect gift for someone braving the harsh winter in the East or simply hoping to add a little style to their ensemble in the West.
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and for many Irish and non-Irish alike, the holiday is a time to celebrate and show off your green apparel and jewelry. My mother, an Irishwoman with unparalleled pride in her culture, is often the first to wear the ceremonial green and pinch anyone who dares not. If you are someone who struggles finding something green in your wardrobe, like myself, I would recommend looking into our Foliage colored Fair Trade Capullo Bracelet and Foliage colored Luzy Beaded Necklace. They are green, and therefore work for the holiday, but also they match many other colored clothes due to the addition of earth tones of gold and brown. If you want to get something green for St. Patrick’s day that does not only come out of your wardrobe once a year, these are the gifts to get. Wearing the Foliage colored Capullo Bracelet with the Luzy Beaded Necklace easily match and are appropriate for the entire year.
posted in Guatemalan Gifts
Huipil (pronounced wee-peel) is the Spanish word for the traditional woven blouses worn by Mayan women for many centuries. They are still worn in Guatemala today and these woven shirts are now being made into beautiful and unique purses and other woven products. The weave or design of each huipil can identify the woman who wears it; her village, personality, marital status, etc. are all represented within the fabric. When you purchase one of our Guatemalan huipil purses you are not only receiving a one of a kind, beautifully made purse but you are also helping to support the Mayan culture and the local artisans who are maintaining this tradition. Usually taking several months to complete, each huipil is a work of art that is so well made that it can last up to 30 years.
According to Guatemalan legend, worry dolls have the ability to take away the worries that might keep you awake. By telling one worry to each doll and then putting the doll under your pillow, you are actually freeing your mind of that worry. The legend states that the dolls will take away the worries during sleep and thereby allowing the owner of the dolls not only a good nights sleep but also the ability to wake up worry-free in the morning. These dolls are handcrafted in Guatemala and are clothed in traditional Mayan costumes. They typically stand about one-half to one inch tall. Our Guatemalan Worry Dolls come in sets of four but you may use fewer or more depending on the worries you are experiencing. Studies have shown that even the act of voicing our concerns and worries will help to relieve the stress and pressure of everyday life.