Here I am in Antigua wearing  a "huipil" the traditional handwoven blouse worn my indigenous Mayan women in Guatemala. 

Here I am in Antigua wearing  a "huipil" the traditional handwoven blouse worn my indigenous Mayan women in Guatemala. 

Cosas Bonitas de Guatemala

translates to "Beautiful Things From Guatemala" 

Misson Statement:

To facilitate the creation and sale of quality products while adhering to the Fair Trade principles and promoting ethical shopping and awareness to consumers.

All of our products are made here in Guatemala by local men and women thus contributing to employ and bring in steady income to families struggling to break the cycle of poverty.  

Unlike other companies that travel here in search of cheap prices for quality goods and then sell at a high profit for themselves, we live in the community here and pay fair market prices to the artisans we hire to make our products and develop ongoing relationships. 

In addition, the money earned from the sale of our products goes back into the local economy to grow our business and expand our reach.  We are continually searching for artisans in rural villages thereby delivering opportunities to those without the resources to seek for themselves. 

 

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What is a Huipil?

(pronounced wee-peel)

The huipil, or mayan blouse, is one the most beautiful things about Guatemala!  This hand crafted traditional piece of clothing is made out of cotton or a combination with wool and woven using a time honored practice utilizing the back-strap loom. This custom is performed exclusively by women and girls; who typically learn to weave starting around age 8.  The finished product takes anywhere from 3-6 months to complete and although, each is one of a kind, there are similarities among the huipiles from the same village used to identify the weaver’s origin. This ancient tradition is still alive and well in modern day Guatemala among the indigenous population.  Whenever I am walking down the street in Antigua and I see a woman proudly wearing one of these brightly colored and intricately patterned tops I think about the dedication, imagination and skill that is required to create this masterpiece; and I am inspired by her genius. 

 

 

Our Huipil Collection

We are excited and proud to offer a line of accessories that incorporates this symbol of the Mayan culture.

All of these products below are made from gently used huiplies made out of 100% cotton or a combination of cotton and wool.

Since each of these items are hand made you may notice some slight inconsistencies which comes with hands that have honed their craft over generations compared to the cold precision of a machine.  

We believe this is part of the charm of having a one of a kind product which is rare in this modern world where everything seems to be automated for efficiency. In addition, you are supporting Guatemalan craftsmen/women in keeping their traditions alive by helping them earn a living performing their ancestral work.    

 
 
Huipil Bag

Huipil Bag

Huipil Change Purse

Huipil Change Purse

Huipil Collar Necklace and Earrings

Huipil Collar Necklace and Earrings