SOPHIE is the perfect companion for all your adventures, she helps you to carry your camera from place to place in a super stylish way. From hiking volcanos and mountains to city trips, take her along when you discover the world. SOPHIE is the one for professional and amateur photographers alike. Stop using your boring black camera strap an add some color to your life! SOPHIE is not only there to carry your camera, she can be used for bags, guitars and decorations. So be creative and create new ways of using this beautiful colorful strap. And the best, she is one-of-a-kind. SOPHIE is made by hand; she is crafted out of best quality full grain leather, a beautiful artisan vintage belt - handwoven by the indigenous women in Guatemala and a golden carabiner that is made of premium hardware. It comes with two metal rings that helps attach to most common types of camera. The patterns and the symbols on her strap are complex and have a deep meaning that go back to the ancient Maya. The weaver women who made her put so much love into her, that you can feel the human touch. She is not just a camera strap; she is a real piece of art with a soul. She has a casual and chick style that allows you to bring her everywhere. What are you waiting for? Take her on your next adventure! A camera strap for a special lady!
Each of Mayella’s products is beautifully unique. We are proud that no piece will be exactly the same as another, since they are all handmade. A product that is not factory fabricated, that has human touch and is special, a real masterpiece! Please be aware that some of our products may have natural markings and imperfections, which should not be considered a fault. These imperfections make the piece special and a human art, they are appreciated.
We support the Guatemalan community with purchasing their beautiful handmade textiles for fair prices from the weavers on the local markets. It is very important to us that the they are paid fairly for their hard work. That’s why the artisans themselves set their price. We are giving you - the consumer - the opportunity to show social responsibility by shopping in Ethical Stores like Mayalla. Read more here.
We have sustainably sourced all our textiles from our local weavers in Guatemala on the markets in Chichicastenango, Antigua and Panajachel.
We want to show the world the rich Guatemalan culture by sharing its indigenous handcrafted fabrics and traditions with the world. And explaining the meanings of their traditional textiles and other ancient traditions. Many people have never heard of Guatemala, so we see it as our challenge to change that!
Please note that due to different color settings on the device displays, the color of the leather and textile that you receive may not exactly match what you see on your screen. However, we try our best to provide accurate photos of our products that closely match their actual color.
“Faja” Belt – Handwoven Camera Strap
A “Faja” is a sash or belt, that is part of the traditional Guatemalan outfit and is wrapped tightly around the woman’s waist, holding the “Corte” (Skirt) in place. Its hand embroidered decoration is made on a backstrap loom just like the huipil. This “faja” is from the town Chichicastenango in the Guatemalan highlands. Every piece is woven in rich colors. Brilliant purples, pinks, yellows, reds and blues. It is elaborately decorated with intricate details and its weaving decoration is the same as the huipil from this town. A wool belt with black and white warp stripes serves as a base for the distinctive embroidery.
The faja from Chichicastenango is decorated with flowers, birds and geometric patterns. The flowers symbolize traditionally the cycle of birth, death and regeneration. And stand for the woman’s fecundity and they seem to connect to the spiritual realm. The zigzag patterns represent the serpents. which were a very important religious and social symbol for the Maya. According to their mythology the serpents are the vehicles by which the stars and sun cross the heaven. They also stand for renewal and rebirth. The bird with a long tail is another prominent Mayan motif, representing Guatemala’s national bird, the Quetzal. The brocade design often presents a distinctive double headed eagle motif, symbolizing the great god of two faces: one views the good and the other view the evil.
H: 5.5 cm - 2.2 in
W: 90 cm - 35.2 in
Approximately - It depends on the type of strap
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