Meet the Artisans of Lucia's Imports

  • Lucias Imports

    Lucia's Imports LLC partners with Guatemalan families, artisan groups, and cooperatives to maintain a wholesale market for their quality accessories and handicrafts. Lucia's Imports is a members of the Fair Trade Federation and hopes to share the beauty of the Guatemala's art and culture, while making a difference in the lives of Mayan artisans, one purchase at a time.

    Working side by side with artisans, we design products rich in tradition and sustainable fashion. Our purses, coin bags and accessories are made from recycled Mayan textiles and our hand-beaded jewelry is made by artisan groups on Lake Atitlan---utilizing traditional weaving skills in modern design.

     


  • About Lucia's Imports

    Source: http://www.luciasimports.com/artisans/

    Lucia's Imports is committed to working under Fair Trade guidelines and developing long term partnerships with Guatemalan families, artisan groups and cooperatives to produce and export high quality accessories and handicrafts. Our trading partnerships ensure artisans earn a living wage in the local context, work under safe and healthy working conditions, are provided equal opportunities, and engage in environmentally sustainable practices.

    Farming is the primary source of income for many Mayan people in Guatemala. Creating a market for textiles, jewelry, and ceramics creates additional job opportunities and employs various skill sets, thereby enabling people to earn a reliable income amid seasonal fluctuations in the farming industry.

    Purses and Coin Bags

    Weaving has long been a tradition among the Mayan women of Guatemala. The daily attire of many Mayan women consists of cortes (handwoven skirts) and huipiles (wee-peels, hand-embroidered, poncho like blouses). The huipil has evolved as textile technologies and fashions change, but is a clothing tradition that can be traced to precolonial Mesoamerica.

    Requiring more time and skill than their commercial contemporaries, handwoven textiles are more expensive to make than mass-produced textiles woven by machines. Because of this, Mayan women struggle to practice their traditional weaving skills.

    Lucia's Imports works with Miguel Perez and his family to design a line of purses, accessories, and coin bags. Designs for our purses and coin bags incorporate both new and used textiles in an effort to preserve both the tradition of huipil and the art of weaving. The Perez family now employs many people in their village, offering them a fair wage, lifestyle, and community.

    Jewelry

    Lucia's Imports works with Mayan women around the shores of Lake Atitlán to transform their beautiful weaving tradition into hand beaded jewelry. Acquiring new skills and a market for their jewelry creates hope and prosperity for many artisans who can now work in their homes. Their designs are rich in beauty, tradition, and color. Treasure your beads as we treasure and respect the Mayan culture of Guatemala.

    Scarves

    Lucia's Import's lightweight cotton scarves and shawls are handmade on foot looms by women living in the highlands of Totonicapán, Guatemala. In order to preserve this tradition, Lucia's Imports has worked many years with Zoila Xon and her small weaving group of about 20 women. From the sale of their scarves, they have been able to increase their family incomes and build a better community.

    Ceramicas Polopo

    Ceramicas Polopo is a family run business located on the shores of Lake Atitlán in San Antonio, Polopo, Solola, Guatemala. The Perez family makes unique animals, coffee cups, vases and other stoneware items. Ceramicas are high fired for durability and decorated with lead free glazes. The Perez family learned their pottery technique under the instruction of Ken Edwards, who came to Guatemala looking for a source of clay. Mr. Edwards, an American who studied art in Japan, had previously established himself as a well-known potter in Mexico. San Antonio Polopo was where he settled. As the Perez family familiarized themselves in the technique of Mr. Edwards, they began to develop their own decorating styles.

     


     

  • Fair Trade Matters!

    Fair Trade Organizations
    At Yoga Geek we feel that the principles of Fair Trade mirror the finest principles of the various Yoga and Meditation traditions and practices that we respect. Fair Trade is a global movement that began in the 40’s and exists now as various parallel initiatives throughout the world. Driven by the efforts of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and socially motivated individuals, Fair Trade began by providing advice, assistance and support to disadvantaged producers. Fair Trade has come to be a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers.

    In keeping with the spirit of the Eight Limbs of Yoga, here are eight reasons we feel so strongly about, and are happy to be offering, Fair Trade products to our Yoga and Meditation communities:

    1. Fair Trade products are made in safe and healthy working conditions, where artisans receive a fair price and have a voice in how their workplace is run.
    2. Fair Trade embraces practices that minimize our environmental footprint.
    3. Artisans take pride in their work. Crafts are handmade, which translates into closer attention to detail and in the end higher-quality products
    4. By working through cooperative structures, Fair Trade artisans are able to invest Fair Trade earnings in their communities, improving housing, healthcare, and schools.
    5. Fair Trade products are unique to the places they come from and the people who make them. Farmers and artisans are involved in the entire process, and Fair Trade products reflect the people and cultures they come from.
    6. Fair Trade gives farmers and artisans control of their own future. They can build their own businesses, rather than working for a middleman, and the profits stay in their communities and go back into their businesses.
    7. By choosing Fair Trade products, you are not only accessing high quality products, you are making a difference in the lives of the people who grow the food you eat and/or the goods you use.
    8. Fair Trade prohibits child labor, ensures health and safety measures are established in order to avoid work-related injuries and follows International Labor Conventions (ILO). Workers are guaranteed access to healthcare and community development premiums can be used to provide greater access to /quality of healthcare and education.

     


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