“I am very fortunate to have been surrounded by handicrafts from a young age. My mom knows how to weave, and I loved being able to watch her make beautiful things. Little by little, I became even more interested in seeing how she made all this art. I was ten years old when I made my first textiles; it was marvelous seeing how, step by step, I could create a beautiful work of art. My mom was my greatest teacher, and she was always at my side, patiently teaching me the entire process. My dream was born thanks to her.
“After a while, it was time for me to begin my studies and move far away from home. Leaving my small village was difficult. Antigua Guatemala became my new home; it is a place full of marvelous architecture and unique landscapes. That was when I decided to put into practice everything that my mom had taught me. But, it was not easy, because I did not have the necessary capital. I managed to get started with a small sum of money. My first designs were inspired by the need for environmental preservation. With my handbags, I was able to create marvelous designs.
“I am fortunate to work with artisans from Comalapa. I always saw the needs of my community, which had many numerous families and limited work opportunities. Because of this, I decided to be a part of a wonderful process, giving work to people in my community so that they would be able to have better income, and helping families build a better future for their children. I also work with two seamstresses. Not only have we made a nice team, but we have formed a beautiful family; we all work to help each other.
“Today, I present my pieces filled with enthusiasm and a thousand dreams yet to be fulfilled. The progress of this country depends on everyone, and there is no better way to start than with pieces that represent the beauty of Guatemala, of its hardworking and persevering people, and of the beauty of its textiles. We also help the environment, and this fills us with satisfaction.
“I dream to give work to many more people in my community. This small step will not only achieve my personal goals, but it will also help many families.”
9 items by Eu Chonay
Black and White Leather Accent Cotton Sling from Guatemala
Chevron Heather, Black and White Leather Accent Cotton Sling from Guatemala
Eu ChonayFor a fascinating accessory, this leather-accented cotton sling is designed by Guatemalan artisan Eu Chonay. She works with artisans, who weave the bag by hand with threads of black and white yarns to...$59.99
Leather Accent Cotton Shoulder Bag in Black and White
Diamond Elegance, Leather Accent Cotton Shoulder Bag in Black and White
Eu ChonayFor an elegant companion on your next night out, this fascinating shoulder bag is designed by Guatemalan artisan Eu Chonay. She works with local artisans, who hand-weave the bag of cotton on the...$109.99
Leather Accent Cotton Shoulder Bag from Guatemala
Diamond Fashion, Leather Accent Cotton Shoulder Bag from Guatemala
Eu ChonayWorking on the traditional telar de pie, or floor loom, this Guatemalan shoulder bag is designed by Eu Chonay. She works with local artisans, who decorate the bag with intricate black and white...$99.99
Leather Accent Cotton Jewelry Roll in Black and White
White Diamonds, Leather Accent Cotton Jewelry Roll in Black and White
Eu ChonayDisplaying intricate diamond patterns in black and white, this leather-accented jewelry roll is handwoven of cotton on the traditional telar de pie, or floor loom. Guatemala's Eu Chonay designs the...$59.99
Black and White Leather Accent Cotton Tote from guatemala
Chevron Silhouettes, Black and White Leather Accent Cotton Tote from guatemala
Eu ChonayFor a fashionable accessory, this leather-accented cotton tote is designed by Guatemalan artisan Eu Chonay. She works with artisans, who weave the bag by hand with threads of black and white yarns to...$99.99
Leather Accent Cotton Backpack in Mint from Guatemala
Mint Diamonds, Leather Accent Cotton Backpack in Mint from Guatemala
Eu ChonayHues of mint and black combine to form intricate diamond patterns over the body of this fascinating backpack from Guatemala. Eu Chonay designs the bag, which is woven by hand of cotton on the telar de...$139.99
Fascinating Diamonds in Mint
Leather Accent Cotton Sling in Black and Mint
Fascinating Diamonds in Mint, Leather Accent Cotton Sling in Black and Mint
Eu ChonayFeaturing an original design by Guatemala's Eu Chonay, this sling makes a fascinating companion wherever it goes. Local artisans hand-weave the bag of cotton to feature intricate black and mint...$59.99
Leather Accent Cotton Tote in Black and White from Guatemala
Nocturnal Diamonds, Leather Accent Cotton Tote in Black and White from Guatemala
Eu ChonayFor a fashionable companion on your day out, this fascinating tote handbag is designed by Guatemalan artisan Eu Chonay. She works with local artisans, who hand-weave the bag of cotton on the...$127.99
Cotton Jaspe Weave and Leather Crossbody Bag from Guatemala
Jaspe, Cotton Jaspe Weave and Leather Crossbody Bag from Guatemala
Eu ChonayBring this bag on your next adventure. Eu Chonay's designs it with a combination of leather accents and hand-woven cotton panels using the jaspe technique - a form of ikat weaving. The interior is...
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