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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.
HANDCRAFTED IN GUATEMALA