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





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





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





Handmade jewelry- Handmade bracelets from Guatemala (Part I)

18 05 2009

These handmade bracelets are made by indigenous women in a remote areas of Guatemala.

These come in different colors, shapes, and textures…we’ll have more samples to view soon.

Guatemalan- Handmade bracelet

Guatemalan- Handmade bracelet

Available sizes, colors, and textures

Available colors, sizes, textures...

Available colors, sizes, textures...