by Cathieposted 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.
Do you like the idea of one of a kind jewelry for any occasion? Are you looking for something different that is on the cutting edge of fashion? Look no further. We are excited to be able to bring to you the amazing jewelry of Kate Mesta! Kate Mesta is famous for creating one of a kind, wearable art. She creates all of her jewelry in her studio in Laguna Beach, California and her work has been featured at many celebrity events. She has even created a special “Dancing with the Stars” line. Her jewelry takes the typical dogtag necklace idea and spins it around to make truly one of a kind artwork that you can wear. Each necklace or cuff bracelet is made one at a time by hand so no two are exactly alike. Her jewelry has been worn by such celebrities as Selena Gomez, Ellen Degeneres, Dick Van Dyke and Sharon Osbourne to name a few. Owning a piece of Kate Mesta jewelry is like owning a piece of art that you can wear!