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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.
“Floral Pattern” -Free- motion machine embroidery textile
The textile of this bag is decorated with machine embroidery, it is stitched by a person with a sewing machine on top of colorful cotton in the most lively and vibrant colors. This process is called free-motion machine embroidery. This technique can be very time-consuming. Because its stunning and elaborated designs are made by hand, guiding the textile in the sewing machine without any formal pattern.
The artisan has to manually trim and clean up loose or connecting threads after termination of the design and must pause to re-thread the machine manually for each subsequent color. It’s more a manual process rather than an automatized computerized reproduction. Each piece is therefore beautifully unique and cannot be exactly reproduced! This hand embroidery machine textile is characterized by colorful flowers in different shapes and sizes. They are prominent Mayan motifs, traditionally symbolizing the cycle of birth, death and regeneration and stand for the woman’s fecundity and connects her to the spiritual realm. Many communities in Guatemala have increased the use of machine embroidery to depict on huipils figures that previously were woven on the backstrap loom.
H: 16 cm - 6.3 in
W: 26 cm - 10.2 in
D: 7 cm - 2.7 in
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