Traveling has always been one of the most gratifying experiences in our lives. It has filled us with unforgettable images and memories of landscapes and cultures that will forever be in our hearts even with the passage of time as well as in our photographs and the beautiful textiles that we always have looked for in our journeys. In Antigua Guatemala we have found the place we have always dreamed of with its Spanish roots, like us, and which maintains its rich ancient history combined with the modern world through its traditional textiles. The culture of Guatemalan textiles exists in the blood and memories of artisans and people who have dedicated their lives to maintaining this intricate and culturally-rich art. We can’t thank enough those who have come along with us on this journey that is our life.
Guatemala is a country with a multitude of tiny rural communities dispersed throughout where a woman finds herself spending most of her day on chores and work to keep a household in which there are very few resources and opportunities for a sustainable living wage. La Casa del Algodón (House of Cotton) collaborates on community development projects that directly affect the lives of women in rural communities with the help of the Guatemalan Ministry of Development (MIDES). We travel with government officials to rural communities to find women to create the designs that you can find in our store. In each community, we support the development families by connecting them with the materials and connections they need to develop the textiles they know how to create so well. In exchange for their work, we provide them with the cotton they need as well as a fair wage for their work. In this way, we help provide women with a sustainable living wage that can help supplement the income earned by their husbands, contributing to the overall empowerment of women and the development of their households.
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VALERIA DÍAZ REICHE
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