Handmade Purple Stockings Cotton ornaments (set of 4)

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Handmade Purple Stockings Cotton ornaments (set of 4)

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Weavers from Guatemala's Yama Aj Chixot Artisan Group join preparations for the holidays with these colorful ornaments. The cotton Christmas stockings are woven on a traditional loom. They feature colorful stripes on the purple front, and solid green backs and trim. Finished by hand, the set includes four ornaments.

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  • Dimension :5.25 L x 4.5 W
  • Weight :0.15
  • Color :Purple
  • Ornament Accessories
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Made in :Guatemala

Story behind the art :Yama Aj Chixot Artisan Group was started by women from San Juan Comalapa in the year 2000. In the Maya Kaqchiquel language, Aj Chixot means "from Comalapa," but Chi Xot also means comal to smooth griddle we use to make tortillas, and it makes reference to the shape of their village: round with a drop in the center. "The Yama part of our name is actually 'Maya' spelled backwards, and we did it to stand out from most groups featuring Maya in their name," says Mirian Otzin, who heads the group. "I grew up in Comalapa, just like most of the women in the group, it is a village of humble means where families are large, on average, seven members per family, women start teaching their daughters how to weave when they are 10 years old As we grow up and have daughters ourselves, we teach them too, so the tradition never ends, This is also what we are ensuring that the weaving techniques of Comalapa are preserved. "When I realized that people did indeed like what I wove, I ventured out looking for a place to sell my creations. That's when I changed from using the back strap loom to the pedal loom to save on costs. It was a challenge for me to make this switch because the loom pedal is usually used by men, and women are expected to use only the back strap loom. "As a women's group we have received different training courses in order to improve our quality so that our products are valued as more than a piece of cloth. We have purchased sewing machines so we can offer a better finish for our bags, purses, and other items. "My dream is to be able to help other women, be able to guide them and tell them that life is always filled with ups and downs. But that no matter how complicated problems can be, there is always a tomorrow to fix them. "My hope is that we can live in a better world where women are always respected and loved, not because of what you produce, but for what she is, because one day she may stop producing, but she will never cease to be what she is a woman. "I remember the first time I went to a building in Guatemala City - it was the first time I had used an elevator and when it started to move I screamed so loud! which made me feel embarrassed but the only thing I could do at that moment was to laugh too. "To me, in order to become successful, it is very important to be able to help one another." That's why we are part of a group. For example, eleven one of the women was struggling with a particular weaving technique and was disappointed that She could not do it on her own, Another member of the group offered to help and taught her how to do it in a way that was easier for her to understand. So many different techniques! What do you want to know? What are you doing? minds to it. "We are a group of women from Kaqchiquel community in search of our own social and economic empowerment, so that we can break the cycle of poverty that has been affecting us for several generations Thanks to the art we share, we can have more benefits and sow seeds for our children to reap. "

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.

Country of Origin: Guatemala
Item #: 33264307


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5.25 In. X 4.5 In. X 0.2 In.
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