Sunday, April 30, 2017

HIPTIPICO -- Supporting Mayan Artisans

I had the pleasure of meeting the founder of Hiptipico, Alyssa, at a Cafe Moka here in Panajachel not too long ago. We were discussing street dogs, my main passion and a side project in Alyssa's busy life. We also chatted a bit about her life journey to Pana and her amazing work with local artisans. Hiptipico works with women in the Western Highlands of Guatemala to help sell their amazing textiles, weavings, beadwork, and original designs all around the world.
I encourage you all to visit and watch the introductory video. It is Alyssa herself telling her story and the story of the Mayan women she works with. The cinematography is amazing and really captures the vibrancy and beauty of Guatemala.

"When you shop with Hiptipico, you know the authentic story of the artisan who made your product and the traditional technique and materials used to craft it. Through this dignified job opportunity, Maya artisans partner with Hiptipico to lift themselves out of poverty while doing something they love."

Alyssa at an outdoor textile market. Her long blonde hair must get a lot of looks!
Hiptipico was also recently published on Buzzfeed Community with an article of 15 Reasons You Should Visit Guatemala Immediately. There are several things on her list that I have yet to do myself. I'd better get to it!

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