7 Fairly Traded Father’s Day Gifts

Mother’s Day was just a few weeks ago and now Father’s Day is just around the bend (go ahead and put it in your calendar now…June 17th!). We’ve compiled a list of 7 fairly traded Father’s Day gifts perfect for that special Dad in your life. Asher Men’s Leather Bracelet It’s time to accessorize the…

Guatemalan Traditions: Natural Dyes

Income is more valuable than ever for women in Guatemala, as construction jobs are disappearing for their husbands. Many women are now the sole wage earners in their households. With pressure to support their families and raise their children, Natural Dye Co-ops are popping up all over Guatemala. Unique Batik partners with natural dye artisans…

10 Simple Ideas for Summer Entertaining

This is our absolute favorite time of year. The warmer temperatures outside have everyone out of their winter slumber and ready to get social. Whether you want to host a backyard barbecue or a weekend brunch, we have 10 Simple Ideas to make Backyard Entertaining an absolute breeze! 1.Design an easy menu Choose easy dishes…

Artisan Spotlight: Carmelita Ramos

In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re reposting this Artisan Spotlight on one of our favorite leaders: Carmelita Ramos. Enjoy! Sparkling beads dance across her hands as Carmelita Ramos creates earrings and bracelets to sell to customers in the distant land of the United States. Her dreams of earning a living and educating her children…

Weaving in Guatemala – A Legacy of Status and Beauty

There’s no doubt that hand-woven textiles from Guatemala are some of the most beautiful that you’ll find in the world. For centuries the women of Guatemala have created these stunning, prismatic fabrics with painstaking care and effort, but it’s the spirit and history behind the art of weaving that makes their work so intensely beautiful….

Honoring the endless circle of friendship

As summer transitions to fall, it may be time to, as the traditional children’s song says, “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, the other gold.” There’s no minimum to how many friends each person is required to have, but there’s no limit either As long as they’re true blue (as well…

Principles of Fair Trade: Capacity Building

We have all heard the old adage “give a man a fish, he eats for a day; teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime.” Perhaps a better adage for the world of fair trade would be “buy fish from a man for a fair price, he eats for a year; show him…

Molding a Better Future: Ceramics of San Antonio Palopo

The highlands of Guatemala have a rich geological history; through years of volcanic eruptions, various types of rock, sand, and ash have combined to create channels of clay in the exposed river systems of the highland valleys. This clay is perfect for making high quality ceramics. In the 1990s, his search for just such a…

Mayan Weaving: The Thread of History

It’s hard to know the exact timeline of weaving because textiles are so susceptible to being destroyed by the elements, but historians estimate that the Mayan people began using the back strap loom many centuries ago. We know this because rulers, priests, and deities of the Maya Universe are draped in elaborate woven garments depicted…

The Humble Soybean

Tofu, that easy target for humor and deprecation to many in the US, has been popular for thousands of years in Asia, but you might not expect to find it in the highlands of Guatemala. The story of how it got there is an inspiring look at one community reaching out to help another with…