Mazatenango Huipil

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Mazatenango is a village of Suchitepéquez. It is one of the most beautiful places in Guatemala because it is full of unique customs and traditions. The square shape of the huipil means the earth and the four cardinal points. In regards to the colors, white means purity, purple means balance in life, and the stripes mean the way. The ornament on the neck represents the colors of nature. This is one of the most beautiful huipiles that have such a deep meaning.

*Please note: this is a pre-order. Mazatenango Huipil will be delivered in 1.5 months after confirming your order.

Handmade in Sololá by Santos.

Measurements: 28" W, 20" H when folded. It has open sides.

Material: 100% cotton.

ENGLISH: Santos only had the chance to complete one year of formal education before going to work. Together with her grandmother and sisters, Santos made and sold all kinds of colorful traditional textiles. At 18, she married a man who turned out to be abusive. After eight years, she left her abuser and returned home, eager to develop her business. She taught herself to weave using a floor loom, traditionally used by men. Though she lacks the ability to read, write, or speak Spanish, she teamed up with her daughter to help the business thrive. Through Handmade by Friendship Bridge®, she’s learned how to make high-quality products and gain access to new markets.

ESPAÑOL: Santos sólo tuvo la oportunidad de completar un año de educación formal antes de ponerse a trabajar. Junto con su abuela y sus hermanas, Santos fabricaba y vendía todo tipo de coloridos tejidos tradicionales. A los 18 años se casó con un hombre que resultó ser un maltratador. Después de ocho años, dejó a su esposo y regresó a casa, con ganas de desarrollar su negocio. Aprendió a tejer por sí misma con un telar de pie, tradicionalmente utilizado por los hombres. Aunque no sabe leer, escribir ni hablar español, se asoció con su hija para que el negocio prosperara. Gracias a Handmade by Friendship Bridge®, ha aprendido a fabricar productos de alta calidad y a acceder a nuevos mercados.


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