Latin handmade art- Guatemala the city of colors

22 06 2009

Guatemala, a culture of strong Mayan and Spanish influences.  The contrast between poor Mayan villagers in the rural highlands, and the urbanized mestizos population who occupy the cities and surrounding agricultural plains is vast and deep as it is commonly found in other parts Latin America.  Our focus takes us to the Mayan crafters, Indigenous women, who are talented;  as you have seen in some of the bracelet work shown here- completely handmade and one of kind.  However, there is a dark side to this short story. These group happens to be the most vulnerable group in society. Poverty and inequality are considerable, rates of literacy are low, and the women are often subjected to violence in their homes.

We found a group “DEMI (the ombudsman institution for Indigenous women)” who is working to strengthen women’s rights, for example through educational activities, and the provision of legal assistance and counseling services.   Our hope is that through more education, we will continue to see the old craft traditions being passed to the new generations, better living conditions, and better access to nutrition.

One of my fondest memories as a young kid, takes me to the local markets in Guatemala where my father would take us on family vacations.  These small adventures traveling from country to country left a long lasting and caring impression of several countries but especially of Guatemala, their people, heritage, and amazing handmade art.  We are finally at a point in our lives where we can proudly say that we want to be part of the movement, and to make a difference by doing our part in supporting these groups by continuously giving work to produce these amazing handmade bracelets.  It’s a mall step, but we are proud of it.

How would I describe Guatemala? Someone asked me once.  I would say, Guatemala is the country of colors…

Antigua- Guatemala

Antigua- Guatemala

US buses converted for local transportation

US buses converted for local transportation

Mayan woman

Mayan woman

San Felipe - Guatemala

San Felipe - Guatemala





Latin America- handmade for you

3 06 2009

As we continue to embark on this venture; it is very important to recognize why we are doing what we are doing. Having deep roots in Latin America and having experienced all the amazing handmade crafts, like handmade jewelry, handmade pottery, handmade woodcrafts, pewter, and so much more.  We wanted to let you peek into a small window, where you will see some amazing pictures of rural Latin America.  It is very important to us to highlight the talent and people behind each product; they are the silent artists you will find through Latin America.

Side Note: I believe that every day that we run into people that inspires us, perhaps we make an immediate connection with them, or simply get to know a master of creating a still picture that tells the world a story.  Meet Ron Dubin, world photographer who has agreed to work with LatinArt-E Inc.  to tell the world a story and create a window into Latin America.  Ron your photography has inspired us,  thank you for sharing it with the rest of us, and thank you for allowing us to use it.

Meet Ron http://www.rondubinphotography.com/

LatinArt-E Inc, your passport to Latin Americana and good taste.

young girl

young girl

Color fest

Color fest

Tranquility

Tranquility

Frames

Frames

The bay

The bay

Smile of the sun

Smile of the sun

The market

The market