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Maura Parra

Maura Parra

Handwoven cotton handbags and accessories in Central America

"I’ve always been drawn to handmade works of art, and am extremely proud of our Mayan ancestral heritage."

"I’ve always been drawn to handmade works of art, and am extremely proud of our ancestral Mayan heritage. For years... read more

"I’ve always been drawn to handmade works of art, and am extremely proud of our ancestral Mayan heritage. For years, I've been in awe of how artisan hands can transform our colorful traditions into gorgeous masterpieces. As an entrepreneurial and creative woman, the idea behind creating fashion accessories that feature Guatemala's most beautiful customs was to showcase them beyond our borders.

"I started out in 2014 with a close friend as my working partner. Together, we managed to meet the expert who would become our advisor and mentor for the next couple of years. Thanks to his expertise and willingness to share his knowledge, we were able to create one-of-a-kind designs that were premium and high quality, yet affordable and accessible. We owe part of our creative process to him, as he was adamant about paying attention to detail from pinning inspirations, to sketching designs, to scouting out the best textiles and materials.

"During our startup journey, we met a variety of artisan groups around Guatemala, experienced in handling and assembling handbags and accessories, among other handmade items. Often, these groups are composed of entire extended families — moms, aunts, cousins, adult children and even young grandmothers. We also had the opportunity to learn different weaving techniques on the backstrap loom and floor loom, thanks to several Mayan weaving cooperatives willing to share this rich cultural heritage.

"Now in 2016, I'm venturing out on my own, innovating with different fabrics and materials to create new and improved collections. The new lines combine materials such as beads, velvet and leather and with our traditional handwoven textiles for a modern, yet elegant look and feel.

"I'm truly inspired by our artisans' work and dedication. The opportunity to work alongside weavers in the creation of something that speaks to our rich cultural heritage and contributes to the preservation of our traditions is a real blessing. The ability to collectively contribute in the creative process is what makes this hard work worthwhile.

"I've seen firsthand the amount of creativity and hard work that goes into creating something from nothing. Because of this, I believe in and support the fair-trade movement to eliminate the habit of haggling or bargaining over artisans' hand-labor. Most of the artisan groups I work with have set up shop in their homes. It's truly humbling to see how far these hardworking people will go to better their chances at a steady income and provide their families with better education and health opportunities. The gratification of being part of this movement is why I keep this project going, and I hope to be of further help and service to as many artisans as I can for as long as I can."

26 items by Maura Parra

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Dorothy

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02/12/2021

"Well-Made Masks"

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The double-layer fabric offers great protection. The only drawback for me is that I find the two ties make it difficult for me to put the mask on quickly and securely, but if you prefer this design to masks with elastic, you will like the high quality of these masks.

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M

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12/10/2020

"Great fit!"

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These masks are very attractive and great color!

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Dale

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11/19/2020

"Ties stay on better than ear loops"

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Ties that go behind the head keep a mask on much better than do ear loops. When I need a mask to stay on tightly for long periods, I wear these masks. They are also of heavy material that will help keep viruses out!

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Margarita

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11/03/2020

"Beautiful but very SMALL"

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One can tell the artist put their heart and soul in making these. They are such superior quality and lovely. I was SO excited to use them, one for me the other as a gift. *WARNING* I made the mistake of not even looking at the measurements of them. I am 411 and petite but they didnt even fit me, or my Mom who is small also. It doesnt really cover much for an adult. If you put it snugly on your nose then your chin is exposed (hey, that rhymes!) And vice versa with trying to fit it on your chin. Im very saddened by this, they ARE really nice. I gifted them to a child and I hope they will appreciate them as I would.

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extra small beautiful denim quality

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Susan

From Ithaca/NY/ USA

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09/13/2020

"Well made however SMALL"

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These masks are very nicely crafted. I have small face and still they are a little small in that they barely wrap under the chin as recommended

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Carol

From Johns Island, SC USA

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09/12/2020

"Works great!"

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In this new era of COVID-19 pandemic, these masks are very comfortable and nice looking too. No problems breathing at all while wearing this mask. Glad I have them, especially since masks are now mandatory.

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