Chichicastenango is a village of Quiché, about 145 kilometers from Guatemala City, and for many inhabitants of the area is one of the most important places in the country because it was in "Chichi" (the common name by which Guatemalans know this population) where the Popol Vuh, a Mayan religious book that explains the mythical origin of humanity in the Quiché culture, was found. The clothing is easily distinguishable because it is made up of an embroidery full of Mayan figures. The neck of the huipil is in the shape of a sun since the Mayas considered the sun as something very important and very special to them.
*Please note: this is a pre-order. Chichicastenango Huipil will be delivered in 1.5 months after confirming your order.
Handmade in Chichicastenango by Juana Gloria.
Measurements: 24" W, 22" H.
Material: 100% cotton.
ENGLISH: Juana Gloria, the youngest of six siblings, remembers a childhood spent helping her father cultivate corn and beans and learning to weave from her mother. The women in her community typically marry very young, but Juana Gloria prefers to work and help support her family, including her brother who has special needs. Through Handmade by Friendship Bridge®, she’s learned about budgeting, creativity, new product development, quality control, color combination, as well as digital skills. Thanks to the success of Juana Gloria’s business, she has been able to help her family build a new house.
ESPAÑOL: Juana Gloria, la menor de seis hermanos, recuerda una infancia en la que ayudó a su padre a cultivar maíz y frijoles y aprendió a tejer con su madre. Las mujeres de su comunidad suelen casarse muy jóvenes, pero Juana Gloria prefiere trabajar y ayudar a mantener a su familia, incluido su hermano con necesidades especiales. A través de Handmade by Friendship Bridge®, ha aprendido sobre presupuestos, creatividad, desarrollo de nuevos productos, control de calidad, combinación de colores, así como habilidades digitales. Gracias al éxito de su negocio, Juana Gloria, ha podido ayudar a su familia a construir una nueva casa.
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