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November Skies Loom Woven Blue Striped Rayon Scarf from Guatemala

November Skies Loom Woven Blue Striped Rayon Scarf from Guatemala

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SKU: SKU: SK-NVC-312518

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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.

Signifying 'woman's heart' in the Mayan Kaqchikel language, Ranm Ixoqi' is an artisan group whose female members have been working together since the 1990s to empower themselves and women like them through the creation of Guatemalan handicrafts. Members of Ranm Ixoqi' live in the Chimaltenango department in the central part of the country; they organize the purchase of raw materials and the division of labor for the group's various projects for which traditional methods such as the backstrap loom are utilized. Here they present a loom-woven rayon scarf with fringe at both ends in blue tones which reflect the colors of the November sky in Guatemala. Black thread is interwoven with sapphire and cerulean thread to create the accessory's three wide bands.

  • materials: 100% rayon
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
66 in. L x 10 in. W; Fringe: 4 in. L

Use a warm iron;Machine wash separately in cold water;Tumble dry on low heat

Artisan Information

Ranm Ixoqi'

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Dora and Justina talk about Ranm Ixoqi', which means "Heart of a Woman" in English.

"Our group began forming in the 1990s with survivors of the 38-year civil war in Guatemala. Many of the women lost family members and homes, and suffered many abuses.

"By the time the war ended, women's role in society had become totally obsolete. The groups formed at that time were made up of men only.

"We were left without our husbands who had supported us and this is when we decided to form groups of women. Many of us had been weaving since we were little girls. We decided to band together and weave scarves and shawls so we could generate an income and meet our families' financial needs.

"As time went by, our weaving skills became better and better, and more people bought our work. Our group grew little by little and today we have members who weave and who do other kinds of handicrafts. When they are sold, the profit is divided among all of us.

"We find this women's group admirable. Since the 1990s, we have struggled to empower women and this has been a continuous process over a long period of time. Day by day, the members work to see that each one has a good quality of life and that they and their families are able to get ahead.

"Our main objective is to help one another — united and organized — to share ideas, learn and, together, to be successful.

"More than a group, we've come to feel like sisters. If one of us falls, we all help her get back on her feet. It's so important to teach our daughters to get involved in society, to have a voice and a vote, that their opinions are important and very valuable."

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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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