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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Did you know that it is Hispanic Heritage Month? From September 15 to October 15, Americans celebrate the contributions of people whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America. It was set on these dates because the month includes the independence days of several Hispanic countries. This year's theme is "Many Backgrounds, Many Stories … One American Spirit."


Since we are currently celebrating Worldstock Fair Trade's 10th anniversary, I thought I would look there to see the contributions that people from Hispanic nations are making to the world of jewelry, home goods and other artisan crafts. Worldstock is the best place to shop for items that will add Latin flavor to your life. When you are shopping in the Worldstock store, you can sort the products by country and come up with cool collections of handicrafts. You can also shop using a world map.


Here in the West, Mexico is our nearest Hispanic neighbor, and the influence of Mexican Americans is all around. I'm particularly partial to the cuisine, and when I serve my homemade attempts at Ensalada Fresca and Chile Relleno, I want it to be on authentic Mexican plates. Relaxing in a hammock and reading poetry by Octavio Paz will help me feel like I've travelled to the sun-drenched land south of the border.


Celebrate Mexico

Leather travel bag Maya bronze hammock Blown glass emerald cone glasses set Radiant Sunflower dish set


A few of my favorite people are Peruvian Americans, and their culture has brought a lot to my life, and I promise it hasn't only been in the form of pisco (the national drink of Peru). I have to admit, my favorite thing about Peru is alpacas. Goods made of Alpaca wool are immediately recognizable as Peruvian, especially chullo hats. An alpaca sweater, shawl or throw blanket would be a cozy way to bring a bit of Peru into your life.


Celebrate Peru

Alpaca men's cardigan Sterling silver and ceramic necklace Papier mache shadow box mask Alpaca full-size blanket Red leather bracelet


Browsing through the Worldstock store, I find myself drawn to the bright colors of quilts and handbags from Guatemala -- possibly because I grew up with some of them around my home. Known for their vivid textiles, Guatemalans have patterns that belong to each village, and they can tell where the fabric came from just by looking at the weave. I would add some brightness to my home with a few throw pillows or a tapestry, just like the one that hung in my childhood home.


Celebrate Guatemala

Coffee bean bag cushion cover Sterling silver and jade necklace Sterling silver beaded earrings Yoga mat bag Cotton Aqua Lagoon shoulder bag


Is there a Hispanic culture that's been a part of your life? Is there one you'd like to make a part of your life with things from the Worldstock Fair Trade store?



Posted by Stephanie Petersen

Stephanie Petersen



Sep. 27, 2011 at 10:38 AM

I heart Peru! They have surfing alpacas!

Sep. 27, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Great post Stephanie. My wife is oringally from Mexico so the culture is very important to me. Thanks again,

Sep. 27, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Viva la raza. El pueblo unido jamas sera vencido. This month should actually be called 'Latino Heritage Month'. All Hispanics are Latino but not all Latinos are Hispanic. Hispanic means an indigenous race that has adopted the Spanish culture (Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, etc.), as where a Latino is of European descent. So, to imply that a person from Spain is Hispanic is inaccurate, they are Latinos (as are Italians, Portuguese, and all paople from the Latin League of Nations). And now we are all the wiser.

Sep. 29, 2011 at 11:02 AM

We have some family friends who are Colombian. Because of them, I now have an almost constant craving for arepas. I'll have to learn how to make them myself.

Sep. 30, 2011 at 10:44 AM

I just decided that the Coffee Beans Cushion Cover from Guatemala will inspire my guest room decor.

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