"Summer Hat" Cotton Face Mask
Brilliantly rich stripes cover this fabric of rusty straw, pinks, and greens. Not unlike your favorite straw summer hat.
This fabric was woven in Totonicapán, which is located in the Western Highlands of Guatemala and has a population composed largely of K’iche’ Maya. Totonicapán is distinguished by its extensive oak-pine forests, in addition to its artisans which includes not only weavers but also shoemakers, tinsmiths, potters, leatherworkers, and carpenters.
Using a traditional wooden pedal loom, Roberto Par’ and his team of neighbors and family start with 100% cotton, use dye to create their thread colors, and then weave it into this joyful fabric!
These richly colored face masks begin their journey as new fabric hand woven by members of a women’s cooperative in the Guatemalan highlands. We work with these artisan weavers to bring their art and rich imagery to the fabrics we use. Custom fabrics are then sent on to a small family-run sewing shop outside Chichicastenango, Guatemala, where they cut, fold and sew to transform the material into a vivid, functional mask for you to wear. By setting their own wages and prices, weavers and sewers have the opportunity to express their creativity while carrying on the tradition of weaving and earning a fair wage.