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5/21/2020

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Huipiles, Chachales & Pottery oh my!

Guatemala is a filled with picturesque landscapes and rich culture. Traveling around the country there are so many reasons to fall in love with Guatemala. One of my favorite things the country has to offer is the diversity and quality of artisan products.

Today I’m going to talk about some of my favorite products to search for in boutiques and markets while in Guatemala. But don’t worry, if Covid is keeping you from being able to travel, I’ve linked some resources so you can find one-of-a-kind pieces from the comfort of your sofa.


Huipil

Huipil (pronounced wee-peel) is the traditional tunic-like blouse worn by the indigenous women of Guatemala. Every region, town and village in Guatemala can be defined by their huipil’s unique embroidered designs.  Still widely worn by many of the mayan people in Guatemala they now can be found made in the markets and many boutiques made into a variety of other products such as table runners and pillows.

Huipiles can be found in markets and many high end boutiques. Prices can widely vary depending on the age of huipil and amount of embroidery it contains.


Chachal

The word “Chachal” in Quiche language means necklace. (Quiche is one of the 24 indigenous languages spoken in Guatemala). Each necklace tells of the culture, history and art of the people of Guatemala. Like so many aspects of the Guatemalan culture, these works of art are a blend of ancient native elements with the influence of the European conquerors.

True Chachales are very old and can cost you a pretty penny. There are many imitation chachales that you can find that have the look of a traditional chachal without having to break the bank.


San Antonio Palapo Pottery

I’ve shared a little about the beautiful pottery of San Antonio Palapo in a previous post about Lago Atitlán which you can read here. The volcanic activity of this region makes for a unique clay that allows the artisans to create high quality ceramics. More than the quality of the products is the unique design of this town.


If you are interested in searching for your own Guatemalan products online I recommend the following stores:

Nimpot: An amazing indoor market store located in Antigua Guatemala. They have a wide selection of Huipil and other artisan products.

Hiptipico: An ethical fashion brand based on Lago Atitlán. Keep an eye out for their restocking of poufs made from Huipil.

Nena & Co.: One of a kind hand bags made with amazing artisan textiles.

Lamour Shop: An Etsy store with a beautiful selection of products.

Coleccion Luna Vintage: Another Etsy store based out of Antigua with a nice selection of Jewelry and huipil.

Guatemala is a filled with picturesque landscapes and rich culture. Traveling around the country there are so many reasons to fall in love with Guatemala. One of my favorite things the country has to offer is the diversity and quality of artisan products.

Today I’m going to talk about some of my favorite products to search for in boutiques and markets while in Guatemala. But don’t worry, if Covid is keeping you from being able to travel, I’ve linked some resources so you can find one-of-a-kind pieces from the comfort of your sofa.


Huipil

Huipil (pronounced wee-peel) is the traditional tunic-like blouse worn by the indigenous women of Guatemala. Every region, town and village in Guatemala can be defined by their huipil’s unique embroidered designs.  Still widely worn by many of the mayan people in Guatemala they now can be found made in the markets and many boutiques made into a variety of other products such as table runners and pillows.

Huipiles can be found in markets and many high end boutiques. Prices can widely vary depending on the age of huipil and amount of embroidery it contains.


Chachal

The word “Chachal” in Quiche language means necklace. (Quiche is one of the 24 indigenous languages spoken in Guatemala). Each necklace tells of the culture, history and art of the people of Guatemala. Like so many aspects of the Guatemalan culture, these works of art are a blend of ancient native elements with the influence of the European conquerors.

True Chachales are very old and can cost you a pretty penny. There are many imitation chachales that you can find that have the look of a traditional chachal without having to break the bank.


San Antonio Palapo Pottery

I’ve shared a little about the beautiful pottery of San Antonio Palapo in a previous post about Lago Atitlán which you can read here. The volcanic activity of this region makes for a unique clay that allows the artisans to create high quality ceramics. More than the quality of the products is the unique design of this town.


If you are interested in searching for your own Guatemalan products online I recommend the following stores:

Nimpot: An amazing indoor market store located in Antigua Guatemala. They have a wide selection of Huipil and other artisan products.

Hiptipico: An ethical fashion brand based on Lago Atitlán. Keep an eye out for their restocking of poufs made from Huipil.

Nena & Co.: One of a kind hand bags made with amazing artisan textiles.

Lamour Shop: An Etsy store with a beautiful selection of products.

Coleccion Luna Vintage: Another Etsy store based out of Antigua with a nice selection of Jewelry and huipil.

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