K’iche’ handmade bracelet collection – LatinArt-E Inc

11 08 2009

Guatemala, known as “ La tierra de la eterna primavera”- Tras.  “Land of the eternal spring”, where the abundance of biologically significant and unique ecosystems extends into regions of Honduras and Nicaragua.   Here we find some of the best kept secrets in handmade jewelry, crafted by small groups of women whose sole job is to create, these one of kind bracelets, by keeping the tradition and skills that have been passed down by previous generations.

K’iche’- part of the Maya language, is one of 24 indigenous dialects currently spoken in Guatemala and our source of inspiration for this launch.  How was K’iche’ selected?  Behind being the second most widely spoken language in the country, it is a beautiful dialect full of long vowels and similar in some instances to Spanish.

We felt it was important to project a little bit of history, and through several polls on our twitter page, our followers voted for something traditional that stayed close to the land.  Following that note, we decided to name or collections after the simple principle of giving credit back to the land, the culture, and its beautiful heritage.

Introducing our new collections, soon to be available.

Juntir [all together]–  This Collection brings you the elegance, boldness, and sense of unity in how this bracelet comes together.  This one in Mamey Orange reflects the exotic elegance of the country side.   Each bracelet also comes with three preset lock settings and a hand woven small bag.

Unique handmade bracelets

Unique handmade bracelets

Different colors and patterns will be available.

Chamin [now] – This collection brings you energy and passion.  Made up of different strands of beads, accented with beautiful bold colors. This one is Seaside Blue reflects refreshing coast line. Each bracelet also comes with three preset lock settings and a hand woven small bag.

Unique handmade bracelets

Unique handmade bracelets

Different colors and patterns will be available.

Unique handmade bracelets

Nabael [first born]– This collection is the purest of our collections. Giving you a wonderful fashion accent.  Just pick the color that complements your mood and outfit. Each bracelet also comes with three preset lock settings and a hand woven small bag.

Different colors and patterns will be available.

When we first took on the responsibility of not only choosing the name, we also envisioned giving back to the land by sponsoring special programs for local schools and their teachers.  This was not a business decision,  but rather a matter of principle for us at LatinArt-E Inc.  We are currently looking for onsite programs where proceeds will help the next generation.

Thank you for joining us.

If you have ahy questions, please feel free to email me at andy (at) latinart-e (dot) com

The following clip is of one of my favorite cities in Guatemala.

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Acapulco- a place of big reeds. A Latin treasure….

29 07 2009

July 17th and I hear the dreaded alarm clock in the distant, but today we welcomed the abrupt awakening.  Today we leave for a 10 day trip into Mexico, to explore the state of Guerrero where one of the most exotic and tropical places exists; Acapulco.

Acapulco is officially known as Acapulco de Juárez; a major sea port on the Pacific coast of Mexico.  Located on a deep, almost perfect semi-circular bay, Acapulco has enchanted many tourists with their world famous Cliff divers.

Acapulco Bay

Acapulco Bay

Acapulco divers

Acapulco divers

Acapulco has a very special type of magic.  Locals and foreigners continue to be enchanted by its natural beauty.  Being a tropical paradise, Acapulco is full of life; literally because it never sleeps.  It has one of the most comprehensive and complex nightlife schedules, well known globally.  It resonates 24 hours a day.

There is so much to see and do around this paradise; a little bit of everything for every taste.  You can spend your days going after heart pounding adventures, or simply allowing one of the local beaches to pamper you.

Follow the link to see what the nights have to offer NightLife.

Our beach near our rental home.

Our beach near our rental home.

Zona Diamante is where we finally settled, the newest area of Acapulco offering amazing infrastructure with modern hotels, spectacular residences, condos, and private villas.  Zona Diamante is limited in one of its extremes by the scenic road and it extends towards south of the town until the area known as “Barra Vieja”.  Extremely convenient because it is located 15 minutes of Acapulco International Airport.

Acapulco Princess private beach

Acapulco Princess private beach

Princess Villas Beach

Princess Villas Beach

Acapulco Zona Diamante has about the fastest growing commercial developments in this sector. From the scenic road you can enjoy astonish views of the Pacific Ocean, and private villages.   For you golfers, spectacular golf courses await.

Natural beauty

Natural beauty

Peacock

Peacock

Pacific Ocean

Pacific Ocean

The Famous princess hotel

The Famous princess hotel

One of my favorite topics, of course, the local food.  We were fortunate enough to have arranged for two locals to cook for us during our stay.  It was one of the best investments we ever did because not only did we have the convenience of a home cooked meal, but we got the sample the typical local dishes.

Mojarra Frita (Fried Blue fin)  This is to die for..seriously.

Mojarra Frita (Fried Blue fin) This is to die for..seriously.

  • Mojarra with fresh salad- a must try in Mexico !!
  • Mojarra with fresh salad- a must try in Mexico !!
  • Ceviche

    Ceviche

    Before this thought escapes my mind, the hospitality is second to none in Mexico.  I have been and lived in other parts of Latin America and I can tell you that Mexico ranks #1.  It is not uncommon at all to find individuals working at one location for more than twenty years;  the difference lays in that they make it a life career.  My wife has ran into people that were once waiters and have been promoted to “capitan” or captain; but the point is that they have made it a life long career to give the very best of themselves.

    Until next time, this treasure remains open to anyone.

    Until next time, this treasure remains open to anyone.





    Bold colors, but what’s inside is what matters- Mexican Candy

    14 07 2009

    Latin American kids are lucky (that was us) in that they have a large assortment range of goodies to choose from. Following we  focus on Mexican candy, delicious but also foreign from other parts of Latin America.  Sweet, bold, creamy, finger licking, orgasmic, silky, crunchy, heavenly, delightful, are just a few of the many ways to describe Mexican candy.  For us die hard fans it is simply the Big “O”…

    DULCE DE LECHE – a much-loved Mexican treat. Meaning “milk candy,” dulce de leche is like caramel in taste and appearance. It can be eaten alone or as a topping for dishes such as Mexican ice cream or grilled bananas (my favorites).  How do you make it?  Boil sweetened condensed milk for several hours.  Once you’ve made it, you can use it in dulce de leche flan, dulce de leche cheesecake or in a dulce de leche sauce recipe.  But keeping the traditional approach here, Borrachitos need to be on your “must try before I die” list.  The name Borrachito means “little drunk”, and in Latin America we will try to get away with anything where we can sneak in a little alcohol. These little fingers of dulce de leche (they call them nuggets) are up to 4% alcohol so beware.

    Borrachitos- a must for your bucket list.

    Borrachitos- a must for your bucket list.

    You'll need to show some ID

    You'll need to show some ID

    MAZAPANdulce de cacahuate or peanut confection. I’ve seen these little disks of mazapan all over Mexico, and a favorite of my wife.  The ingredients are pretty simple and two thirds wholesome: peanuts and sugar and artificial flavors.  Now, the very first time I tried one of these little guys it was nothing like I expected.  The little creatures are very crumbly. When I opened my package,  it cracked into several large pieces easily. One thing I absolutely love about Mazapan is that it smells wonderful, like peanut butter cookie dough.  The taste is smooth and cool on the tongue, dissolving like peanut butter flavored icing.  It’s sweet and these little guys can be found with Dulce de Leche filling- just imagine!

    Get ready for the unexpected....

    Get ready for the unexpected....

    OBLEAS DE CAJETA– My all time favorite, I know I may have already used the word “favorite” in this post but can you blame me.  This little treat from Mexico really shows how diverse candy can be and still be so very interesting. What you get here is caramel sandwiched between something that resembles a communion wafer, seriously.  You might be asking, what’s the deal with the goat on the package. Well from what I understand the caramel in this treat is made from goat’s milk. This is a very special caramel, I’ve never had caramel like this in my life and add to that the fact that its goat’s milk caramel, now we all have something to talk about. I’ve only seen seen Obleas in the US at specialty markets, and authentic mexican restaurants.  You need to try because with a really smooth, milky caramel and the subtle texture of the wafer you’ll be hard to only eat one.

    The heavenly sandwich

    The heavenly sandwich

    small. medium, and large- what say you?

    small. medium, and large- what say you?

    Seriously good

    Seriously good

    COCADARollito de Coco (Coconut Candy Roll) is how it is normally sold. This is a cigar-shaped candy made specifically from the coconut.  Each piece is a white roll with a brown strip, resembling toasted & burnt coconut shavings. It is very sticky, but the aroma is rich with coconut, if you are familiar with the macaroon.  then you’ll know what I am talking about.  They’re incredibly soft and easy to bite into with the interior being moist, as if this were fresh coconut you were eating. Yum !

    The flavor is milky and you can pick up a tad of butter in there. This is a very refined candy in its sweetness, similar to how Mexican pastries and sweet breads have hints of sugar instead of over doing it.  Coconut rolls are a sweet staple of Mexican candy, you can find them in a dizzying array of shapes and colors.  We recommend that you try them all because they’re quite tasty treats.  We’re certain you won’t have any problems with that recommendation.

    rollito de coco (coconut roll)

    Cocada

    Cocada

    This is a just a short list of the most popular Mexican sweets, next time you find yourself in Mexico; take some time to look out for these delicacies. We’d love to hear some of your favorites and experiences, list them below.

    Making Dulce de leche:





    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





    Handmade jewelry- Handmade bracelets from Guatemala (Part II)

    26 05 2009

    I wanted to run a second post based on a number of inquiries we have received. LatinArt-E Inc.  will be receiving  its first batch of Guatemalan bracelets in the next couple of weeks.  Each one of these unique bracelets are hand made in Guatemala by a a small group of talented indigenous women trying to support their work.  We are fortunate to have been in contact with them , but most important we are proud to have placed our first order with them, supporting this unique trade.  I have seen similar work in other parts of the Americas but never this detailed and elaborate.  Thank you for allowing us to bring you this unique Guatemalan trade.

    Queriamos sumar un segundo topico sobre las pulseras de Guatemala basado en un numero de preguntas que hemos recibido.  LatinArt-E Inc.  estara ya pronto recibiendo el primer cargamiento de puleras en las proximas dos semanas.  Cada una de estas pulseras son unicas, hechas a mano por un groupo pequeno indigeno de mujeres en Guatemala.  Nos sentimos afortunados de estar en contacto con ellas, y orgollusos de aver puesto nuestra primera orden, apoyandoles en estre trabajo tan unico.  La verdad es que si hemos visto trabajo similar en otras partes de Latinoamerica pero nunca con este tipo de labor y detalle. Gracias por darnos la oportunidad de traerles este trabajo unico desde Guatemala.

    Bracelet- Pulseras Guatemala

    Bracelet- Pulseras Guatemala

    Bracelet / Pulseras Guatemala

    Bracelet / Pulseras Guatemala

    Bracelet / Pulseras Guatemala

    Bracelet / Pulseras Guatemala

    Bracelet / Pulseras Guatemala

    Bracelet / Pulseras Guatemala

    Bracelet / Pulseras Guatemala

    Bracelet / Pulseras Guatemala

    Bracelet / Pulseras Guatemala

    Bracelet / Pulseras Guatemala

    Bracelet / Pulseras Guatemala

    Bracelet / Pulseras Guatemala





    Ceramic clocks- very cool

    21 05 2009

    We found a great blog on ceramic cloks- Shirley does a beautiful job on these pieces.  We hope to get to know Shirley better.

    She writes:  “I started making ceramics clocks way back in 1999 when they were still a very novel item. In my earlier clocks I did away with numbers and instead started using partitions and curved surfaces more intutive to the ceramic process. The choice of different glazes a riot of colors also was meant to distinguish between the 12 parts.

    This particular piece was fabulous, the glazes came beautifully subdued in the wood kiln.”

    Pay her a visit at http://shirleybhatnagar.wordpress.com/

    Ceramic cloks

    Ceramic cloks

    ceramic clocks

    ceramic clocks





    The quilt saga- la saga de la colcha

    20 05 2009

    I found a very itersting blog about the journey of Julie and her quilt.  Julie is a hadmakes her quilts and blogs to the world from Argentina.  I had never come across or known anything about the creation of a quilt in such a fun descriptive as you will see on her blog.  I would love to get a hold of one of her quilts and tell the world how great they are.  Julie, keep up the great work;  LatinArt-E Inc enjoys your work.

    Encontre un blog que esta bastante interesante, se trata sobre la creacion de una colcha de Julie.  Julie hace estas colchas a mano y las presenta al mundo por medio de su blog desde Argentina.  Nunca habia encontrado algo similar donde la narracion descriptiva capta a la audiencia como lo veran en su blog.  Me encantaria en un futuro cercano tener una de sus colchas y tambioen decirle al mundo que tan calientitas estan.  Julie, te mandamos un saludo y animo para que sigas adelante;  has captado a LatinArt-E Inc con tus colchas.

    Julie's quilts

    Julie's quilts

    Julie's quilts

    Julie's quilts

    Julie's quilts

    Julie's quilts

    Continue to her blog here..http://juliealvarez.blogspot.com/