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.





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





Flexible Pewter lines-

15 05 2009

Pewter-Pewter is an alloyed metal made primarily from tin, with a small component of lead, copper, bismuth, or antimony. It has been traditionally used to make tableware and decorative items. The metal is highly ductile, meaning that it can easily be worked, embossed, or carved. The malleable nature of pewter has been harnessed for thousands of years, at least since Roman times, and the metal was at one point highly prized.

Latin Art-E Inc. has in place two unbelievable individuals that can do magic with this material.   The interesting part that we have found out is that most of the existing designs are not an exact match to the American market; therefore we are going to do something exciting.  We are opening our emails to receive what you would like to see as far as designs, categories below.  The winner will have their first name after the winning line and will receive the wining product for free.

Send your sketches, ideas, comments to andy (at) latinart-e.com

Pewter Art

Pewter Art

Pewter Art

Pewter Art

Pewter Art

Pewter Art

Pewter Art

Pewter Art

Pewter Art

Pewter Art