Things are happening in Guatemala...
Empowering people who are traditionally marginalized so that they can enjoy secure and sustainable livelihoods, fulfill their potential and decide on their future.
and COLOR COLOR COLOR
is important to Guatemalans.
The distinctive patterns of both huipils (blouses) and skirts vary by region; they are unique to a place, symbols of identity. Many in Guatemala can remember the time, during the country’s long civil war, when clothing was a dangerous signal for indigenous communities.
It was during the military’s “scorched earth” campaign that many villages lost people, primarily the men. And then combined with the lack of employment opportunities many of the remaining men left to seek work elsewhere. Widowed by war and unemployment in a remote village, women had few ways to support their families. Many found themselves unable to feed their children. Out of shear determination and perseverance these women banded together to support their families through sales of the community’s traditional woven crafts. These women of Guatemala are sources of inspiration.
Combine the two words “sew” and “artist” and you get this non-word "sewists". Or traditionally, seamstresses. In Guatemala there are 24 different languages that are spoken in the country. In the Spanish language the word for seamstress is costurera. We are beginning work with Guatemalan costueras to create product for fair wage that in turn creates commerce for their village. Fair Trade. Our goal is to also design product using both textiles of GEO originals in combination with the color, style and patterns of El Rosario. To create product that would be marketable both in Guatemala as well as in the States. But first things first... they are in need of new sewing machines to do the work.
TO DATE... $100
has been raised
A portion of every sale goes to the village of El Rosario with the goal to build a costurera workshop and to furnish it with appropriate sewing machines and other items.