Bundle Up With Our Colorful Collection of Scarves and Shawls!

4324-Upavim-Artisans-Handmade-Fair-Trade-Women-Healthcare-Daycare-Education-La-Esperanza-GuatemalaIt’s almost the Holiday season:  time to dust off the Christmas lights and start thinking about presents for your loved ones. When the weather outside gets cold, all you want to do is stay home with a nice cup of hot chocolate. On the days when you really need to leave the house, do it in style. Here, at One World Projects we have the perfect gifts that are unique, hand-made, and eco-friendly.

If you are looking for a present that will be a colorful accent in any wardrobe and, support the artisans that make them then look no further. Our cotton scarves and shawls from Guatemala do just that. They are made with the use of a traditional technique of back-strap weaving, an accent textile art pre-dating history.

5827-Woven-Cotton-Scarf-Guatemala-Upavim-Fair-TradeThis is a complex and increasingly rare technique that has been passed down through generations of Mayan culture. Even today, every Maya textile design is homage to the goddess of medicine, childbirth, and weaving.

This wonderful Mayan textile art has been passed on from one generation to the next, from mother or grandmother to girls as young as seven and eight. For Maya women, weaving is a ritual part of everyday life, done between chores. The textiles created on the back strap loom cannot be very long or wide.  Large enough to use as a throw in your home or simply use as a shawl to keep you warm and comfortable, this wrap in soothing sea foam tones is sure to be a hit.

Despite government restrictions, Maya women have maintained their culture and have continued to create their unique, colorful textiles which are prized all over the world. 5708-Sea-Foam-Woven-Cotton-Shawl-Guatemala-Upavim-Fair-TradeWorks great as a throw for your couch or your favorite winter accessory. These cozy scarves are made of breathable cotton and available in an array of colors: earth tone, rainbow, sherbet, and sand-and-sea. Pick up a few to complete your outfits.

These scarves and shawls are made by our artisans from UPAVIM Crafts in Guatemala.  This is a cooperative of women who live in marginalized communities on the outskirts of Guatemala City. The women in the organization are mothers, homemakers, widows and some have been abandoned by their families. Many of them are the sole bread winners for their families.

These scarves and shawls are made by our artisans from UPAVIM Crafts in Guatemala.  This is a cooperative of women who live in marginalized communities on the outskirts of Guatemala City. 4326-Upavim-Artisans-Handmade-Fair-Trade-Women-Healthcare-Daycare-Education-La-Esperanza-GuatemalaThe women in the organization are mothers, homemakers, widows and some have been abandoned by their families. Many of them are the sole bread winners for their families.

Over the years, UPAVIM has grown from a small community health project to about an 80 member business cooperative. The organization employs teachers, seamstresses, nurses, administrators, cooks, cleaners and secretaries each of whom is paid a fair wage and is linked to UPAVIM ‘s fair trade business.

The women of UPAVIM use traditionally woven Mayan textiles which are locally available. By procuring the traditional textiles, the organization also helps promote traditional weavers of the region and brings a local flavor and uniqueness to their products. 4331-Upavim-Artisans-Handmade-Fair-Trade-Women-Healthcare-Daycare-Education-La-Esperanza-GuatemalaThis also cuts down the role of middlemen and creates a chain of fair wages and fair prices – from the weaver, to the seamstress, to the customer.

The cooperative is located in a squatter settlement called La Esperanza (Hope), where every day the communities faced various social challenges including gang violence, illiteracy, unemployment, malnutrition, alcoholism, child abuse and drug abuse. Even though the challenges for community growth in an area that receives little government attention may be high, but today after 20 years and initiatives by UPAVIM and the women, the conditions have changed for the better in this “City of Hope”.

Support compassionate trade AND feel warm and cozy during the holiday season. We hope you enjoy our colorful collection of scarves, shawls, and head scarves from Guatemala!

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