Hand Embroidered Patzún Pillowcase

Hand Embroidered Patzún Pillowcase

89.00

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Friendship Bridge, Ruth in Patzún, Chimaltenango, Guatemala

Handmade in 10 days with Hand Embroidered Traditional Design (symbolizing the Sun & Nature), Back-strap Loom for Navy Fabric (100% cotton)

Fits a standard 20” x 20” pillow insert; Hand-wash & Hang Dry

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Production Details:

Pre-order today, and your one-of-a-kind pillowcase will be hand embroidered and delivered to your door in 8-12 weeks. All goods are ethically sourced, which means we work directly with all makers across the supply chain and pay their asking price in full. Due to the handmade nature of our products, colors, patterns & dimensions may vary slightly.

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HOW IT'S MADE

We believe in the importance of knowing what went into your purchase, from time to materials. From the hands of our partner artisans to you, this unique Hand Embroidered Patzún Pillowcase requires significant labor, skill and generational knowledge to create.

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TIME SPENT
10 DAYS

Each Patzún pillowcase takes 10 days to produce, from the weaving of the navy fabric on a back-strap loom to the detailed design and masterful embroidery required to produce such a beautiful handmade product. We are continuously in awe of this vibrant, one-of-a-kind piece of art.

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FEATURED TECHNIQUE
BACK-STRAP LOOM

The back-strap loom technique is extremely prevalent across all regions of Guatemala, especially in Mayan weaving communities. The technique is used to make the traditional outfits for both men and women. The navy material you see here is called corte fabric and is commonly used in traditional skirts.

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CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE
PATZÚN HUIPIL PATTERN

The design on both the pillow and Ruth's huipil (blouse) is particular to the Patzún region of Guatemala, and holds historical meaning. The circle signifies the sun, while the pattern on the outer edges represents the leaves and spring in Guatemala, and the multitude of colors recognizes the value of diversity.

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MEET THE ARTISAN

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FRIENDSHIP BRIDGE, Ruth

PATZÚN, CHIMALTENANGO, GUATEMALA

Friendship Bridge is a non-profit that currently works with over 4,000 female artists and artisans in Guatemala to find opportunities to create a better future for themselves, their children, and their communities through microfinance and education. Ruth is a secretary by training, and is now an artisan and entrepreneur, managing a co-operative of women in her hometown in Guatemala.


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