In the Maya language, K'amolon K'i K'ojonel means let's get together and it is the name of an association founded in 1987 with a mission to provide assistance and support to women in Solola who were left widowed during Guatemala's armed conflict. Many children were orphaned too, and people were left in extreme poverty due to the massacres in the highlands during the oppressive civil war. K'amolon K'i K'ojonel is the brainchild of leaders from the Triunfo community in Pujujil. It began as an arts and crafts project with the financial aid provided by Ronald Spector. The money was used to buy materials and pay the 17 women would weave scarves and rebozo shawls to sell. In 1987, IDEX - based in San Francisco, California - built a workshop for the weavers in three months. The following year, K'amolon K'i K'ojonel was legally constituted as an Association fully recognized by the government of the region. In 1993 we received support from PADEL (Canadian Embassy), which allowed for 60 more women to join the association. That year, there 200 women weavers from El Triunfo, El Progreso, El Adelanto, La Fe from Pujujil II and Sacbochol, and Los Encuentros. Half of them are widows. Their mission is to create work for women weavers who specialize in backstrap loom. Unfortunately, it is a well-known fact that they are exploited by national and international markets, which is why they became founding members of the Fair Trade Federation of Barre, Massachusetts. Through them, they've been in contact with many Fair Trade organizations. At first, they used rayon chenille but now, as an effort to promote ecological preservation, they use bamboo chenille. It is a better option because bamboo grows faster and does not lead to deforestation. Since its foundation, K'amolon K'i K'ojonel has grown as a successful association for women run by women with 200 active members. The association has managed to work almost constantly. They regard as their major achievement the stability of a women's organization and so offer hope to the survivors of the 1980s massacres. The association has also sent women to other countries to share their stories and promote their work. The women have been to the University of Oregon and to Yale, as well as to Rhode Island School of Design, to Massachusetts, Alaska, and to Wellesley College. They've also been to Norway and since then, they are constantly invited to the U.S.A. and Canada to attend fairs and congresses on Central American arts and crafts. They are proud of their motto, Weaving a Better World because if reflects their philosophy on life. They are proud to be rescuing such a legendary art on the backstrap loom and to be able to offer their children a better education.
- Dimension :70" L x 8" W
- Weight :0.3
- Color: Pink
- 100% rayon from bamboo
- Machine wash in cold water on delicate cycle
- Made In: Guatemala
The story behind the art: Pastel shades in green and purple color this scarf with timeless elegance. Different teams of artisans within K'amolon K'i K'ojonel are involved in the creation of this rayon chenille scarf made from bamboo, from those who dye the yarn, to those who spin it, to those who weave it on a backstrap loom. And everyone is working from home, keeping a millenary textile tradition alive.
Since the threads are dyed by the women, please expect slight differences in the color tone and arrangement.
The handcrafted touch of artisan skill creates variations in color, size, and design. If buying two of the same item, slight differences should be expected. Note: Color discrepancies may occur between this product and your computer screen.
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