A GLIMPSE OF GUATEMALA

Two weeks ago I got the opportunity to travel to Guatemala for a buying trip with one of my dearest friends.  It was a much needed break from my everyday workload.  I did not open my computer once in 5 WHOLE DAYS!  It was amazing.  We actually worked our butts off  but worked more hands on by doing product development, connect face-to-face with artisans, collaborate on new designs, roam through the markets for inspiration, and spend a day at Lake Atitlan! The best work week I could have asked for!

It was so refreshing to spend time in Guatemala where I was continuously reminded of the beauty of indigenous craft and what MAVEN represents. So many incredible opportunities and artisans work to share this year!

Here is just a glimpse of our trip.

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New Ikat patterns:)
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We visited a new cooperative that hand makes the most incredible boots I have ever seen in Guatemala. Working on collaborating with them for Spring collection!
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Why don’t we paint our houses such vibrant colors?!
Huipil Flats
There are no words… These flats are way to incredible.
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I’m responding reallllly well to this color.

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Meet Mayra: Her and her sister work in San Antonio and are incredible weavers. We have partnered with them to create a new bag line! Exciting things ahead! We just love their work and dedication to their craft:)
My favorite find  ||  FLOOR PILLOW
My favorite find  ||  FLOOR PILLOW
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LAKE ATITLAN (it was a bit foggy but still so gorgeous!)
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DREAMS DO COME TRUE!!!!

Hope you found a bit of global inspiration!

– Laura

Backstrap Weaving | Patterns from Antigua

This past fall I visited Antigua, Guatemala for work. The majority of my days were spent at a world craft show meeting with new artisan groups and attending networking events. However, any few spare I had I was exploring the markets.  Whenever I travel I end up getting lost in the local markets for hours just in awe of the amazing native handicrafts. In Antigua, it was the vibrant Huipils and yards of woven textiles.    I was talking with an artisan we worked with and she said she could weave about 3-4 feet per day! Holy cow you have to have such patience with this craft…but clearly worth the time for these works of art!    As we start to put together our Fall line, I get so excited to be able to share indigenous craft like these with others!

Check out a few of my favorites from the market!

Backstrap Loom Weaving!
Backstrap Loom Weaving!

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My Favorite:)

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Love these colors! I found this in a market in San Antonio.

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– Laura