Whenever I wear a Cielo piece these memories come alive 💗 I think back to the special moments when we met our incredibly talented artisan partners in their homes and cooperative groups. Wearing and using their designs brings me joy (Marie Kondo would be proud 😉). Joy because of how stunning their pieces are but also joy in knowing the work that goes into each one, the origins and traditions and what its purchase is contributing to, whether it be a women's group or small family business. Here Margarita from the Jolom Mayaetik co-op prepares the cotton for her next creation, giving the thread new life 🌷
🐆 In Mayan mythology, the jaguar was seen as the ruler of the Underworld, and as such, a symbol of the night sun and darkness. There were Mayan priests called Balam who officiated at only the most important ceremonies.
🐆 In the later Maya civilization, the jaguar was believed to facilitate communication between the living and the dead and to protect the royal household.
🐆 The jaguar is representative of power, ferocity, and valor; he is the embodiment of aggressiveness. For some, the jaguar represents the power to face one’s fears, or to confront one’s enemies.
Meet Amalia 💕⠀
Amalia is 1 of a group of 25 weavers that make up the Tinte Maya weaving cooperative in San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala 🇬🇹 These incredibly talented women are changing the culture in their community by transforming their weaving skills into an economic opportunity to provide for their families. ⠀
"My mother had to wait for her husband to give her money because she didn't have a way to earn an income. Now I'm earning money to buy food for the family and cover the costs of my children's education. When my husband and I built our home, I was able to contribute. I was able to tell him 'I want a house now. I can buy some of the roofing material, iron, and even the bricks.’ Now we women have a little bit of economic independence." Amalia Tay Mendoza
Over the next few weeks we'll be sharing more highlights from our visit with these artisans, their process, and how small purchases can make a really big impact.⠀
We absolutely love seeing how you STYLE your Sunday Isle! Share your Sunday Isle snaps with us this February and tag @sundayisle#sundayisle and we will send you a $10 store credit to use on ANYTHING in our shop 💥 Limit of one voucher use per order. Photo via @strattansgonewild_
Only Guatemala can make genuine smiles this big! There are so many local customs that make traveling Guatemala so enjoyable. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
First - the smiles! People here are great smilers and it's contagious.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Second - the greetings! Even if you're a stranger, you will get a passing buenos dias, tardes or noches as you walk by.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
And most importantly - the attitudes! Locals appreciate all they have and you too will head back home with a new perspective on gratitude.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
What do you love most about Guatemala or your global travels?
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We love seeing inspiration come directly from nature! Can you see the direct resemblance in the flowers picked from our artisans garden and the floral embroidery of the textile belt?
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Fill your life with stories, not stuff. Every Hiptipico creation is full of culture, community and ancestral knowledge. Your purchase make a difference in the lives of the makers. #smallbizsat ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Our 35% off code continues through the weekend 🌸⚡️ Thank you for supporting our small business!
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Cheers to small biz owners! 🙌🏽 January is coming to an end, school holidays are finishing and we are coming into the quieter period for many of us. We could all be relaxing and sipping margaritas but the truth is that this is the time that we work the hardest. We know that sales will inevitably decrease for a while and it is our job to ensure our designs/services are still seen and appreciated during these quieter months. Moacir and I do this for ourselves and our artisan partners.
We know that this time can be stressful for a lot of our fellow small biz friends and there are many obstacles to overcome (including Instagram's unsupportive algorithm) so we make sure to support them by commenting on their posts, giving them positive feedback and when we need to buy a gift for someone special we shop from the small businesses that we admire. After all, how boring would life be without all of the amazing and unique creatives out there...Tag your favourite small businesses/creatives below and spread the love 💗 We see you and we think you are awesome!