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Atitlan Lake Blue Cotton Yoga Mat Bag

Atitlan Lake Blue Cotton Yoga Mat Bag

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SKU: SKU: SK-NVC-172924

Product Features
Working with Fair Trade certified organizations is an important part of what we do. This product is made by artisans that are fairly compensated for their skilled work, and helps provide a living wage as well as safe work conditions.

Highlighting the versatile artistry of Guatemala textiles, this bag is designed for use with a yoga mat. The main gray body and strap are woven on a pedal loom, while the ornate verdant front pocket comes from a back strap loom. Fully lined, it closes with a black drawstring.

  • Cotton
  • Machine wash separately in cold water
  • Lay flat to dry
  • Handmade in & fairly traded from Guatemala 

Artisan Information

Maya Traditions

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The history of Maya Traditions begins in 1988 when Jane Mintz, a social worker and expert weaver, began working with local women weavers and their families. In 1994, she met anthropologist Martha Lynd who was researching textiles as a medium of communication and relationship among women of indigenous origin in Guatemala. Jane's and Martha's shared passion for textiles and Maya culture made it possible for the consolidation of Maya Traditions as a foundation. Their mission is to create work opportunities for women and to preserve the ancient backstrap loom textiles.

As a foundation, Maya Traditions works with six different groups of artisan women from the Solola region. The women are descendants of several Maya groups, on average they have five children each, and they have scarce economic resources. They live in small villages that are difficult to get to, which in turn makes it difficult for their textiles to reach other markets. Everything they earn they invest in their family's well-being and in their children's education.

As women from the countryside, we've been socially marginalized, says Floridalma Perez, who has been with the foundation since 2005. We don't have access or even permission to train in anything. The fact that we speak different Maya dialects also made it worse in terms of communication and to teach each other our different textile techniques.

However, with time and with the foundation's support. we've been able to overcome these obstacles. We've realized that every person in the world has the same rights, and that we are capable of offering a better life to our children. We now know we can be proud of our textile legacy.

To us, weaving is like meditation. It's what we know best. We are inspired by nature and the symbols of our Maya culture so that we may create weaves that are full of color and meaning.

Maya Traditions is a member of the Fair Trade Federation, an NGO in Guatemala, and to this day they continue recognizing the rights of women, improving their social and economic status, training women and developing leadership skills so they may improve theirs and their families quality of life.

With the sales of their weavings, donations and educational tours, Maya Traditions has successfully developed a variety of social programs in education, health, and handicrafts.

Maya Traditions trains women in product design, color management, quality, etc. Results so far are excellent but we're going through a difficult time because it is not easy to market our work, says Yolanda Calgue, who has been a weaver with the foundation since 1998. That's why the opportunity that you offer us is of great help. It is fundamental for the women to keep feeling motivated!

Supplier Information

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NOVICA was started with a dream to create a better world for artisans, because a better world for artisans is a better world for all.

Along the way, the founders of NOVICA discovered something very important - as artisans around the world succeeded, there was also a visible and profound impact on the communities around them.

Your purchases are that powerful. They directly and indirectly provide for education, help with health care, fund basic needs, support children, preserve disappearing arts, and of course, spread happiness around the world.

The founders of NOVICA had a vision of the future that is not one of mega factories producing cookie cutter products for all to cheaply consume. Instead, a bright future that celebrates artisans who take the time to create an item by hand. A future where time is protected, where stories are told, where unique details are honored. Love, respect, inclusiveness become driving force.

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United States shipping only. Expedited shipping is unavailable. Allow for 1-2 days extra processing time. This product may ship separately from other products in your order and may have longer than normal shipping timelines as it will ship directly from its country of origin.

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