Ikat Rebozo Throw Chai
We are fascinated by how small the carbon footprint is for Maya women, and how little Maya people take from Mother Earth. How they weave their clothing, farm their land, walk everywhere, use public transportation for long trips, and take care of their limited supply of water and electricity. They save and reuse things we usually throw away like ziplock sandwich bags; make jewelry out of coconut and coffee shells, and use natural dyes from plants and fruits!
We are in awe of the multi uses of their wardrobe, like the rebozo (shoulder wrap) and how a simple foot-loomed wrap becomes a tablecloth for the family, a folded rebozo can be used to keep the sun or rain off their head, it can be used to keep you warm and it becomes a carrying cloth to bundle breads, groceries, or goods to be sold at the market; its life is extended by becoming a window cover, or a room partition, and when a mom is finally done with it, she takes it to market to be sold to buy more thread to make a new rebozo.
A new life is then given to that old rebozo by an artisan or artist who will repurpose it into a woman’s bag, or a clutch, a whimsical doll, or into a pair of summer sandals! We hope you will enjoy your Rainbow Rebozo to snuggle with you Rainbow Baby or any of your babies!
Our foot-loomed fabric features Jaspe (Ikat), Maya artisans are world class Ikat master dyers, Guatemala's Ikat techniques are amongst the best in the world!
Available in two sizes:
Large Size: 36" W x 72" L plus Macrame Fringe: 4"
Extra Large Size: 36" W x 92" L plus Macrame Fringe: 4"
Artisan loomed woven fabric. 100% Cotton thread. Ikat technique. Slow fashion. Timeless traditional design. Easy care.
How we make them
I never say "I can't."
My name is Maribel Granados, mother of three children. I am from San Pedro Sacatepéquez, Guatemala, a land of artisan tradition. I learned to embroider and weave from my grandmother and mother from the age of 7, both on a waist loom and a foot loom. Everything I am as an artisan I owe to them because they taught me to survive alone. One day my mother said "daughter, now it's your turn to stay in charge of the business." I learned to never say I can't, because there are always people, primarily my mother, who can help me with the challenges that come with the production of new products. This experience taught me so much and I never would have been able to have that if it wasn't for the example and opportunity that my mother set for me. What she gave me was priceless and I want to pass that same lesson onto my children. In appreciation for her help, I like to share my knowledge and train other artisans when they need support.
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Handmade by Artisans
Artisanal products differ from fast fashion products in that they are made in a traditional or non-mechanized way. Artisanal products are hand-crafted by skilled cobblers in small quantities with high quality and design in mind; using techniques that cannot be replicated by machines!
Power in Your Purchase
Thank you for helping us make our world a better place. Your purchase helps us to employ skilled artisans who in turn are able to earn an income to provide for their families!