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.
When I first selected my first batch of rag rugs, I had mediocre expectations. They looked really cool from the pictures but man oh man they are just SO incredible up close and personal! One of my favorite aspects is that they are created by recycled clothing, basically whatever the artist could get their hand on. The patterns range from diamond, symmetrical, to free form abstracts. These one of a kind pieces are a gem that everyone should have in their household!
One of my dear friends and I always joke about how you need a little ‘color pop’ in your life; from what you wear down, color you paint your nails, to how you style your living room. These beauties definitely add a ‘color pop’ to a room or space!
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!