These pouches were handcrafted from recycled cotton skirt fabric in assorted colors by artisans from Guatemala. Functional and intricate, these microwave pouches created jobs for women widowed by civil war, and the group continues to provide economic and educational opportunities for the community.
+ Handcrafted in Guatemala
+ Dimensions: 10.5L x 7.75W inches; Envelope style with a 2-inch overlap
+ Recycled cotton skirt fabric and muslin
+ Assorted multi-colored (oranges, yellows, greens, blues, pinks, and purples) striped skirt fabric
This microwave pouch was crafted by the artisan apart of the weaving cooperative Ruth and Naomi which is located in Chontola, near Chichicastenango. The project emerged out of the terror and desperation of Guatemala’s civil war. With the help of a local Methodist pastor and his wife, some widows banded together to support their families through sales of the community’s traditional woven crafts. Of the initial group of 18 women, all had lost husbands, fathers, or both to the government’s “scorched earth” policy of the 1980s. The name was chosen because it spoke of two widows from the Bible who were without resources, but who worked and survived. Scholarships make it possible for teens to complete high school in Chichicastenango while living in the project compound. Some have gone on to complete university degrees. The project has also started a health and nutrition center.