This stunning beaded clutch is sure to add colour & style to any outfit! This work of art is handmade by home-based artisans and perfect for both day and night. It is sure to to be the conversation piece wherever you take it, a what a beautiful story it has. A perfect little cotton tassel comes with the clutch.
*This item comes with a little story attached (See last image), perfect for gifts.
Material: Glass Beads, cotton/polyester lining
Size: 17cm x 12.5cm
The Story: The women that bead our clutches for us live alongside Lake Atitlan beneath the Atitlan volcano. In October 2005 the intense rains produced by Hurricane Stan swept along the Central American coastline causing a mudslide that came off the volcano and buried their village. Fifty homes and several hundred people disappeared. Currently, depending upon market demand, between fifty and seventy-five young Tzutuhil-speaking Mayan women beaders relocated to new homes on the edges of that lost village, Panabaj, handcraft each bracelet and cuff that we sell. These women generally work at home in small family groups consisting of sisters, sisters-in-laws, and cousins. By pooling their labor at home they are able to jointly care for infants and perform their traditional tasks while earning up to three times the standard wage for women in rural Guatemala.
Typically, older girls that have left school but have not yet married become beaders to earn money for threads that they can weave into sumptuous brocade blouses for their own use. They also help their household economies, contributing earnings that help their younger siblings stay in school longer.