Cotton shawl, 'Nature's Windows'
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Shawl: 200.66 cm L x 55.88 cm W
Shawl: 79" L x 22" W
Fringe: 6 cm L
Fringe: 2.4" L
- 100% cotton
- Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
- Dry on low heat cycle
- Eco-Friendly: colored with organic dyes
- Hand wash separately in cold water
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"We settled in shelters, and little by little each one of us has found a way to come through the devastating experience that was hurricane Stan."
"We are a group of women who works toward the preservation of our traditions, to be able to feed, educate and dress our children, and also to live fully our rights as indigenous women and be productive in our society.
"Our Association was born in the year 2000 as way of finding support for the textiles we make. Marketing our products on our own was very difficult for us, but by joining forces we found more opportunities. In 2010, and thanks to Guatemala's Ministry of Agriculture, Farming, and Food, we were able to legally formalize our Association. They came to visit us and were able to see that we are a group of united women, hardworking and entrepreneurial seeking to make a dignified living from traditional arts and crafts.
"Most of the women have been weaving on back strap looms since they were 10 years, inheriting techniques from their mothers and grandmothers. Nowadays we share our expertise and knowledge with any woman who wants to join our Association but doesn't know how to weave.
"In 2005 we lived the tragedy brought on by hurricane Stan. Many of us lost loved ones, our homes and crops, which included the plants we used for making dyes. It was like starting from scratch again, and we had to buy materials because what we could rescue wasn't enough. We settled in shelters, and little by little each one of us has found a way to come through the devastating experience that was hurricane Stan.
"To this day, many of our associates still live in houses borrowed from the community and we're all working hard to be able to afford our own place. To this end, we developed a form of team work that enables us to weave by hand high quality textiles.
"The women that constitute the board of directors are in charge of buying the threads, we all dye them, and then each one starts weaving hammocks, scarves, shawls, and more on our own.
"Our procedure is simple yet fascinating. We make our own back strap looms, and on one side we tie a ribbon holding the colored threads, while on the other side the weaves puts one the belt and starts weaving horizontally. Length depends on the type of textile product we want to make, and the designs are born from the experience and creativity of each associate, always considering the colors from our village’s traditional costumes.
"We are very thankful to Novica, because up to now we were only able to sell to tourists on the streets, outside handicraft markets. We are also thankful for Novica customers, for your interest in our culture and for inviting our products into your homes. By doing so you are contributing to the realization of our goals. Rest assured you are in our prayers."
When I saw your 'Scarlet Windows' shawl, it was love at first sight. The combination of colors and textures is even more amazing in person than in the picture. It truly is a piece of textile art. I also wanted to say how pleased I am with the ease of laundering of this shawl. I washed it on the ""hand wash"" cycle on cold and hung it to air dry and it did not fade or shrink, so I can see that it will last me for years to come. Siento mucho que ustedes hayan vivido una tragedia y les deseo mucho exito en su negocio. Ustedes se lo merecen. Cuidense. :)
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