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Guatemalan Handwoven Natural and Recycled Cotton Poncho, "Textures of Guatemala"

Designer Luisa Villavicencio and her family maintain the last remaining cotton farm in Guatemala, where they produce the materials used in their... more

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Designer Luisa Villavicencio and her family maintain the last remaining cotton farm in Guatemala, where they produce the materials used in their natural fashions. This laid-back poncho is created using undyed cotton and reclaimed denim fibers in a striking asymmetrical design with fringe details.
Luisa's family cultivates cotton in several natural colors, and the family is involved in the entire process, from growing the cotton to transforming it into apparel. Says Luisa, "There are 80 artisans working with us. Some are civil war widows. Others always felt that they couldn't do anything, and we've been able to change that negative self image... A lot of families depend on us. I feel I have a great duty to them, to my parents and to my country, whose textile tradition should not be lost."

  • 0.21 kgs
  • 0.5 lbs
  • Garment Measurements
  • 71.12 cm Length (from high-point shoulder) x 203.2 cm Bust/chest x 50.8 cm Sleeve (center neck to cuff)
  • 28" Length (from high-point shoulder) x 80" Bust/chest x 20" Sleeve (center neck to cuff)

  • 100% cotton, recycled denim
  • Hand wash or machine wash on gentle cycle
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Lay flat to dry or tumble dry on low heat
  • Promotes recycling and reduces waste
  • Made in Guatemala
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Guatemalaicon info
  • Product ID: 325653
Luisa Villavicencio
Luisa Villavicencio

Central America

Cotton apparel and accessories

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Nicole

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Sep 17, 2023

Love this bag!”

Gave this to a friend, but I love it so much, Im planning to gift one to myself this holiday season.

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Giselle

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Jul 21, 2023

Sold with 2 flaws from manufacturing”

I was very disappointed because didnt expect that this would be sold with 2 flaws from manufacturing, which shows that they dont have good quality control. This is quite expensive to received it like that. My partner has health issues so Ive not been able to return it. I never had this issue with Novica before and I have been shopping here for the last 15+ years. Other than that, the fabric and cut are nice. The material feels good to the touch. I have not used it because I plan on return it plus the flaw is quite evident.

Cotton Ruana
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  • Everyday use

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Elisabeth

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Apr 16, 2023

Beautiful Bag”

I wanted a neutral color and this bag is great. Soft, nicely made, I love the design. I use it everyday!

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Anne

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Oct 29, 2022

Beautiful handmade bag”

Wonderfully well made bag. Beautiful and unique.

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Julie

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Dec 18, 2021

Thank you, Luisa!”

This purse is beautifully made and I just love it.

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Janice

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Dec 17, 2021

Boho bag”

This bag is the best! So well made, every seam, the handles, the inside pockets, all are top grade work! Thank you, Luisa, for the attention to detail! I carry this everywhere with pride. This bag is made of substantial fabric and will last for years to come. Please support this artist, you will not be disappointed.

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Celeste, Undyed Recycled Denim and Cotton Shoulder Bag from Guatemala

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Job Creator

Job Creator

This artist positively impacts their community through job creation and provides jobs for 2 or more people.

Microcredit Financing

Microcredit Financing

Luisa Villavicencio has received 4 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $1400 and the most recent for $2100. Proceeds were used to invest in new raw materials and expand variety of product designs.

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Preserving Traditions

This artist uses traditional techniques handed down through the generations and/or creates culturally significant items, helping keep these traditions alive.

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