One word ... HOPE.. that's the ONE word that could sum up every aspect of this journey, of THEIR journey. First and foremost I want to give a shout out to the Hiptipico team, because without them, I would not be here typing these words for these artisans. These artisans, may not be doing what they are doing. I HOPE you can get all the feels, I HOPE that you will choose ethically, and I HOPE that you will join alongside us on this journey, their's and mine.
Dana + Joe
The Panajachel Market
With Hiptipico's founder Alyssa
The majority of all our textiles we source come from either the Pana Market or the Chichi market. Market shopping is exactly that... vintage textiles that are sold by women who have been paying either fair wages to other weavers, or collecting their own textiles to then sell. When we source these textiles, we look for vintage pieces that either aren't in production anymore, or they can't be worn again. Giving them a second life, and turing them into fashion pieces. The artisans we support at these markets, have been selling their for over 20 years. We choose ethically even down to the artisan selling the art, even if they didn't create it. Due to these pieces being previously loved and worn, they have imperfections, which we admire. They all individually tell their own story. Since this market is operated out of rural Guatemala they get textiles from a variety of villages throughout the country.
Chichicastenango Open Air Market