Patzún is located in Chimaltenango, in the central region of Guatemala. Patzún belonged to the Iximché kingdom, the ancient capital of Kaqchikel culture. In Patzún there are diverse cultural expressions such as music and dances. The Patzún huipil describes the history of the creation of the human being and the conformation of the family. The attire made of colorful textiles represents nature; the shape of the fabric represents strength, purity, and courage. This huipil is also conformed by embroidery of leaves that represent nature and the care of the environment. The flowers in the weaving represent the beauty of all indigenous women. All the colors that make up this huipil are very significant in this place because it is what makes this huipil so special.
*Please note: this is a pre-order. Patzún Huipil will be delivered in 1.5 months after confirming your order.
Handmade in Chimaltenango by Florinda.
Measurements: 22" W, 17" H when folded. It has open sides.
Material: 100% cotton.
ENGLISH: Florinda learned embroidery from her mother. At age 10, she was already a professional embroiderer and learned to knit. At 22, she started a textiles business, and four years later, married a man who worked in agriculture. Though she hoped to become a mother, she has not been able to have children of her own. Florinda joined a Friendship Bridge Trust Bank and obtained her first loan, which she used to stock up on raw materials for her business. In addition to the loan, Florinda has received trainings on topics including business, women’s rights, health, and family. Currently, Florinda produces cushions, backpacks, and embroidery for sweatshirts.
ESPAÑOL: Florinda aprendió a bordar de su madre. A los 10 años ya era una bordadora profesional y aprendió a tejer. A los 22 años, montó un negocio textil y, cuatro años después, se casó con un hombre que trabajaba en la agricultura. Aunque esperaba ser madre, no ha podido tener hijos propios. Florinda se afilió a Friendship Bridge y obtuvo su primer préstamo, que utilizó para abastecerse de materias primas para su negocio. Además del préstamo, Florinda ha recibido formación sobre temas como negocios, derechos de la mujer, salud y familia. Actualmente, Florinda produce cojines, mochilas y bordados para sudaderas.
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