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In the Guatemalan highlands, women still wear traditional Mayan dress. Blouses, called huipils, are woven on a backstrap loom. The distinctive patterns of both huipils and skirts vary by region; they are unique to a place, symbols of identity. This burlap purse, features a unique folding design incorporates upcycled huipil (on the front) and skirt fabric (as lining) from Chichicastenango, near the village of Chontola, where the workshop of artisan partner group Ruth & Naomi is located. Formed to create jobs for women widowed by civil war, the group continues to provide economic and educational opportunities for the community.
Ruth & NaomiThe weaving cooperative Ruth and Naomi is located in Chontola, near Chichicastenango. Widowed artisans weave bright lengths of cloth on backstrap looms. Young men, trained as tailors, sew this cloth into finished products such as vests, bags, wallets and briefcases. Read more.
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