Chilasco CoffeeCentral American Natural Fiber Basket
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9 cm H x 22 cm Diam.
3.5" H x 8.75" Diam.
- Pine needles with polyester trim
- Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
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"In my community we all have many dreams, and this activity helps us to see that our goals need not be impossible anymore."
19 women and one man make up the Chilasco Artisan Group from Guatemala. They specialize in weaving pine needles to create an amazing variety of items. Pine needles are widely used in Guatemala, they are woven into rugs to cover floors during festivities, offering its unique fragrance to the festive moments shared with family and friends.
Chilasco is renowned for its natural beauty, which includes the tallest waterfall in Central America. The women of Chilasco have long woven pine needles as they are strewn all around them by nature. All they need to do is pick the needles up, and the only investment they need to do is on threads.
They go out as a group looking for the pine needles and when they have enough they go to one of the friends' house, where they select and clean the best needles. Then they leave them out to dry in the sun.
"We really enjoy weaving the pine needles, little by little giving it the shape we envisioned in our minds," says Gladys Pérez, one of the youngest members who is there with her mother and sister. "I really like the way we work together. They give us all the same material and we weave at home without disregarding our usual activities.
"In my family we are six women and one man. Our mother taught us to weave pine needles, from little things to bigger baskets hoping we could eventually sell them. I remember the time I wove a vase, which I liked so much I kept at home. Then I decided to weave more so I could sell them and I felt so proud to see they were well-accepted by clients. It meant I could contribute to the family's finances.
"In my community we all have many dreams, and this activity helps us to see that our goals need not be impossible anymore. I love to draw and I like accounting, and I hope to one day marry, have children and be happy."
"Every beginning is difficult, and at first we thought that it would be impossible to weave utilitarian items with pine needles," says a representative. "But we tried and tried until we were able to make the first basket, then the first vase, and so on. With dedication we were able to create very interesting items that have been well accepted by our clients."
I ordered the Chilasco Tortilla ornaments. The quality of these ornaments is EXCELLENT - and they're a great, very unusual ornament you won't find anywhere else. HIGHLY recommended!
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FINDING YOUR SIZE
Take your measurements with the tape measure over your under garments. If your measurements fall between sizes you may prefer the next larger size. Inseam, skirt and dress lengths vary by style and will be listed in the item description. Our sweaters are knit in standard American sizes, however actual measurements vary by style.
BUST / CHEST
Measure around the fullest part of chest under the arms and over the shoulder blades keeping the tape measure level.
Measure around the smallest part of the waist keeping the tape measure comfortably loose. Most garments use the low waist measurement noted below.
Measure around the body approximately 1.5" below the natural waist (above). This is the area where most pants and skirts actually fit.
Standing with your heels together, measure around the fullest part of the body approx 7"-8" below the waist.
Measure around the base of the neck keeping the tape measure comfortably loose.
Bend elbow slightly and starting at the center back of the neck, measure across the shoulder, to the elbow and down to the wrist.
Our standard inseam length for women is 32" and 34" for men; however inseam measurements will vary slightly by style.
Download our printable sing sizing chart to find the perfect fit!
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