These Beautiful handbags come from a group of women that are part of the Maya indigenous weavers group that live in the highlands of Guatemala.

There are more than 100 Maya women in five established groups in rural villages, who do back strap weaving—an ancient traditional art that women can do from their homes while caring for their families— as well as crochet artisans, foot loom weavers and other small family artisan businesses.

For a typical Maya woman, weaving is a ritual part of her daily life. After doing family chores before dawn, she unrolls and connects her loom. She sits, strapping the loom around her waist, and weaves 3 or 4 hours until she prepares lunch for her family, then weaves another 3 or more hours until sunset.

Linguistically differentiated by as many as twenty languages, the Mayans share a common bond through their weaving heritage. Many aspects of Maya Culture are communicated by costume or “traje.” It is a true art form where a woman shows her artistry and level of commitment to cultural identity.