A Case of the Stripes Cotton Face Mask
Clear-cut and bold, the vibrance of each color evokes a different memory of a more carefree and youthful time
This fabric was hand-woven in Nahualá, which is in the Sololá Department of Guatemala. It is situated in the mountainside overlooking Lake Atitlán. Nearly the entire population is ethnic K'iche' Maya who speak the K'iche' language. Using a traditional wooden pedal loom, Manuel Ixmata’ and his team of friends and family start with 100% cotton, use dye to create their thread colors, and then weave it into this amazing 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.