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Better economic conditions and the preservation of time-honored methods and craftsmanship—those are the goals Ingrid and Andrea share with weavers in several departments in Guatemala. This cushion cover's front panel is woven on a backstrap loom by artisans of Chichicastenango who use wool prepared by those in Momostenango; the classic design features an ivory background with alternating thick and thin stripes in taupe. The back side is milk-white cotton blend fabric, and after the two sides are sewn together, a zipper is attached on one side for inserting a cushion.
- Dimension: 18" L x 18" W
- Weight: 0.47
- Color: Off-White
- Material: 100% wool front, cotton/polyester blend back
- Lay flat to dry
- Cushion(s) not included
- Made In Guatemala
Story Behind the art:
We transform nature's beauty into unique décor items with an elegant, functional design. I began this project in 2013 when the company where I worked closed its doors and many of us were left without jobs. My goal was to work with natural materials to create designs that could be used in the home, Ingrid Gamboa says. In 2014, Andrea Benavente joined the team to design a line of décor items. From the first moment, we got along fabulously and decided to continue working together. This really is a beautiful project. We work with women in different Maya communities in Guatemala and we've been able to help many families in villages that are somewhat isolated, where money is scarce. It's exciting to know that we can do something for Guatemala's development, and this fills us with pride. It's our motivation day by day. We want to do better and better for these people. We've formed a bond with the artisans and we're so happy to have met one another. More than colleagues, we're like a big family today, Andrea adds. We're totally committed to preserving our culture and want to stabilize the economy of women weavers with a decent and steady income. All of our designs have a small label depicting a ceiba, or kapok tree, which is Guatemala's national tree. Another meaning it has for us is the tree of life, representing shelter for those needing protection.
The handmade 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.