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.





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 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





What Latin art should you expect to see?

14 05 2009

Our logo is  ‘Your passport to Latin America”,  meaning that you choose what you would like to see.  We would love to hear from you as to what you think when you hear “Latin America Art”,  is it a precious little item from your country?, or perhaps something you saw during one of your most recent trips.  Is it the memory of your backyard accented with abstract metal art?

To me it boils down to feeling melancholy about a distant memory, remembering the hands that carved these pieces.

As a start up, we are listening closely to our customers.  Be a part of Latin Art-E Inc., and share your story. . . stay tuned for our full story next.

Latin handmade metal Art

Latin ceramic art - esferas de barro hecho a mano.

More Latin clay art- mas artenania de barro

Latin Pewter and glass art