Handwoven and socially conscious, this lovely scarf is made by the talented women artisans of La ComUnidad on the shores of Lake Atilan in Guatemala.
- 100% cotton
- Open-weave design
- Hand wash in cold water; lay flat to dry
- 72" L x 10" W (183 x 25.5 cm)
- Handmade in & fairly traded from Guatemala
Over 70% of the rural population in Guatemala lives in poverty -- especially women. Guatemalan women have the lowest life expectancy and the highest maternal mortality rate in the region, and the worst economic activity rate in Central America. There have little or no opportunity to generate income and are generally unable to earn a living wage. Working with La ComUnidad offers them a chance to use their traditional textile skills to earn a fair wage and improve their lives.
Arising out of Friendship Bridge, a non-profit organization that provides microcredit and educational programs to women in Guatemala, the artisan cooperative La ComUnidad creates beautiful, women-made crafts whose sale improves the lives of the women who make them, their families, and their communities as a whole.
Friendship Bridge is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that provides microcredit and educational programs so women and their families can create their own solutions to poverty. The organization blends the short-term economic development needs of women through access to credit and education with the long-term goal of breaking the generational cycle of poverty by providing educational opportunities for their children. Friendship Bridge has affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of rural people by investing in women entrepreneurs, first in Vietnam and now in rural Guatemala -- women who become leaders and agents of change for themselves, their families and communities.
La ComUnidad is proud to offer handwoven and hand-beaded crafts straight from their homes -- and hearts -- to yours.
Such a lovely scarf! Soft and pretty, and just perfect for that little pop of added colour.
I purchased this scarf as a gift for a friend. The color is a bit lighter and has more of a green/yellow tone than what the picture shows. It also has a more open weave. The fringe is a bit straggly too. Despite all this it is a lovely scarf and is a nice size and weight that can be worn year round.