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Don Vicente

Meet our Hiptipico leather artisan. Being fluent in all things Spanglish… there isn’t much I can say to really carry my weight of a conversation. But what I lack in words… the handbags make up for in their beauty, and their underlying language that has both the artisans and I grinning ear to ear… in witness of the magic that was just created. Know that all of our handbags have been crafted, touched, designed by this man above.

Panajachel Market

The majority of all our textiles we source come from either the Pana Market or the Chichi market. Market shopping is exactly that… vintage textiles that are sold by women who have been paying either fair wages to other weavers, or collecting their own textiles to then sell. When we source these textiles, we look for vintage pieces that either aren’t in production anymore, or they can’t be worn again. Giving them a second life, and turing them into fashion pieces. The artisans we support at these markets, have been selling their for over 20 years. We choose ethically even down to the artisan selling the art, even if they didn’t create it. Due to these pieces being previously loved and worn, they have imperfections, which we admire. They all individually tell their own story. Since this market is operated out of rural Guatemala they get textiles from a variety of villages throughout the country.

Chichicastenango Open Air Market
Meet Karen -She is the Country Director with Hiptipico.. NOT an Artisan but a huge help while we were sourcing. We named a BAG after her! It’s her design after all
Hiptipico Artisan Noemi
Origin: Chichicastenango, Quiché

When you purchase a camera or bag strap, it’s more than likely your snagging one from this lady! Noemi and her daughter, work the market every week. Supplying the best used Fajas (belt that is turned into a strap), in Chichicastenango.

Artisans we met along the way, and ones we have future dreams of working with. Keep scrolling to learn more about them, and where they are from.

Meet Hiptipico Weaver Maria

Origin: San Antonio Palopó
Meet Hiptipico Weaver Teresa

Origin: Santa Catarina Palopó

Meet Hiptipico Weaver and Color Specialist Rosa
Origin: San Juan Palopó

Rosa has a very special place in my heart! Ya’ll she uses nature to color her cotton! She takes the insects off the cactus, yes I said INSECTS… mashes them, boils them, and then makes the most amazing deep sangria red color out of it! -No insect was hurt in the process… it’s already dead.

Rosa has her own store, where she gives ethical tours on how the dying process works. She takes groups to her garden and then demonstrates the process that goes into making the colors, before they even color the cotton. These are her final products made from her hand dyed resources. Mind blown you guys… mind blown.

“You are your own hurdle to climb any mountain. The secret is… you just have to do it!”