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VLP Mayan Wearable Art

ABOUT US:

We, my husband Irving & I, had been living for 11 years in the colonial city (1528) of San Cristobal de las Casas in the state of Chiapas, Mexico, which is 3 hours from the frontier of the first Central American country, Guatemala, where we lived for 21 years.

  We have, because of age and health related issues, now moved ourselves, and our business to Irving's hometown of Eunice, La.. Although we still have strong business ties to Guatemala and Mexico.

           (IN CASE YOU ARE WONDERING, I'M FROM OHIO)

 

    We were deeply involved in self- supported volunteer work. That was where, & why we founded & developed our first factory, Vale La Pena.   Which, in Spanish, roughly means "it's worth it". This provided a great opportunity to search out the most outstanding hand-woven & foot-loomed textiles in both Southern Mexico & Guatemala.

   These areas have the strongest populations of Mayan descendants, who, until today, continue showing outstanding weaving abilities on both the ancient, Back-strap or Hip or Stick loom.

 

We exported wholesale and retail to both the United States and in Europe, as well as INDIVIDUALLY in Latin America.

 

THE WORD GUIPIL (or HUIPIL) IS THE MAYAN NAME FOR THE INDIAN WOMAN'S BLOUSE and NAGUA MEANS THEIR WRAP-AROUND SKIRT.

 (See picture below of Back-strap  or Hip-loom  weaving.)

 

EACH AREA HAS THEIR OWN PARTICULAR WEAVING PATTERN AND THESE TEXTILES ARE FOUND NOWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD.

   I WOULDN'T CALL THEM "TYPICAL MEXICAN"

Back-strap - or Hip-loom/Stick weaving

Early 20th century

Back-strap - or Hip-loom/Stick weaving

Early 20th century

Please feel free to contact us for answers to your questions about our products and/or the VERY interesting indigenous way of life.

 

Home/Office Phone: 337-381-7033

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Mobil Phone: 337 546-7965

(No messages please)                       Sincerely,

Claudia (Randi) Young