UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 

 

Saturday, November 4, 2017
9:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Parkdale United Church
2919 8 Ave NW
PROJECT PLOUGHSHARES PEACE FAIR

 

 

Sunday, December 3, 2017
5-1011 Canterbury Drive SW
1:00 - 4:00 P.M.
CHRISTMAS SALE in Support of
MAYAN FAMILIES

About Casa Corazon

 Casa Corazon was founded in 2004 after my 3rd trip to Antigua, Guatemala which I had originally visited to learn Spanish. I was entranced by the people, the cultural mix of Mayan and ‘ladino’ and ex-pats, and the amazingly beautiful artisan goods in wood, metal, wax and most of all the incredible hand woven textiles. The more I learned about the traditional ‘traje’ (clothing), in particular the Mayan women’s blouses or ‘huipiles’ and the various weaving techniques, the more I wanted to bring their work to Alberta. Over the years, I have been impressed with the increasing quality in the design of goods created for export and hope that you will agree! All of Casa Corazon’s goods are personally chosen and/or custom designed in partnership with our cottage industry artisans.

THE ROLE OF MAYAN ARTISANS IN THE GUATEMALA ECONOMY

The creation of hand-crafted goods is a great source of pride and has a long and continuous history in the Mayan communities of Guatemala.

The Maya, though they make up about 50% of the Guatemala population of 17 million, are marginalized economically and socially. The economic role that hand crafted 'artesanias' play in Guatemala is comparatively small in an economy that is based on agricultural products- mainly coffee, sugar cane, bananas and, equally, the output of 'maquila' factories, which are basically sweat shops for the US clothing market. However, cottage industry weaving and other traditional crafts have an enormous local impact in Mayan villages, town, and regions where they have been developed by the artisans - often with outside help from foreigners. Most indigenous families rely on subsistence farming and wages from agricultural labour. The income from weaving, that women usually do at home while caring for their families, can make the difference that provides a more dignified life with better health care, nutrition and education. In a country where the Maya experience all of the ill effects of poverty, discrimination and historical oppression, the self-respect and confidence gained from a successful co-operative or small business enterprise is actually very significant in improving their lives.

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