Handmade in GUATEMALA || Guatemalan Collection

We are so excited to launch our GUATEMALAN COLLECTION! Spring is right around the corner (well, here’s hoping) and what better way to bring in the season change than with these vibrant textiles!

Last September we visited Antigua, Guatemala in search of new artisans to potentially work with. We ended up visiting a small town outside of Antigua called San Antonio. They are known for their amazing textiles and have a tiny little market where you can meet artisans, learn how back-strap looms work, and buy textiles.  I was drawn into this woman’s stand who had the most beautiful textiles I had seen. Her name was Mayra and she has the most vivacious smile!  We started chatting and before we knew it, we were collaborating on a collection of pouches and clutches. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!  We were only with Mayra for a few hours and somehow managed to hash out some new designs AND figure out how the new product would make it back to Chicago since we were leaving Guatemala the following day.   Not knowing what they would actually look like, especially with the language barrier, we were beyond thrilled when these beauties arrived.

Hope you enjoy!

 

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‘SKYLAR’ GUATEMALAN HUIPIL POUCH
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‘PTERODACTYL MADNESS’ GUATEMALAN HUIPIL CLUTCH
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‘INDIGOGO’ HUIPIL FLOOR CUSHION
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‘EMMA MAUDE’ GUATEMALAN HUIPIL CLUTCH
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‘RED RED WINE’ HUIPIL FLOOR CUSHION
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CLUTCHES!!!!
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‘PINK PANTHER’ GUATEMALAN HUIPIL POUCH
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‘SKYLAR’ GUATEMALAN HUIPIL POUCH
MAYRA - GUATEMALA
The most talented weaver and mastermind behind this collection, MAYRA!

 

SHOP OUR GUATEMALAN COLLECTION HERE!

A VERY MAVEN HOLIDAY || Holidays Around The World

With Hanukkah only a week away and Christmas just around the corner, we decided we wanted to share some traditions from a few of our artisan countries! Of course, this is just a snippet of each country’s traditions, but it’s so interesting to learn how similar and different they all are from our own!

GUATEMALA
A very Catholic country in Central America, the Christmas celebration begins nine days before the holiday, with fireworks, drums, and carols. These serve as an accompaniment for the deliverance of Mary and Joseph to their nacimiento (manger, respectively) at House #1. Each night, a new house receives the figures and hosts a joyous party, until baby Jesus joins the Holy Family at the last house on Christmas Eve. On that final night, the largest party is held! This is followed by Midnight Mass and a full dinner for all. Children then open up their presents they find under their tree on Christmas morning! Adults do not exchange until New Year’s Day. (Source)

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MOROCCO
A primarily Muslim country, Christmas is not nationally recognized holidays, however there are Christians in the area who participate in the celebration. Those who do celebrate refer to Santa Claus as “Père Noël” (Father Christmas, respectively), and Christmas decorations and trees are fairly easy to find. (Source). Hanukkah is also celebrated, as there are Jewish roots in Morocco. While the meaning of the holiday is the same, the details are a bit different, with mint tea, beignets, and couscous on the menu! (Source)

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FRANCE
Christmas Day, known as Noël, is widely celebrated in France. Each province celebrates a little differently, including additional dates of observance, like la fête de Saint Nicolas (children get gifts in their shoes!), la fête des Rois (what we know as Epiphany), and la fête de lumières (lighting candles to pay respect to Virgin Mary). Traditional desserts include a Yule log cake, a Christmas loaf which is given to a poor person, and a Kings’ Cake. (Source)

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We would love to hear about your holiday traditions!!
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-Heather

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