Guate Boots- job creation, craft preservation, community empowerment
So excited to introduce to you, GUATE BOOTS!
Job creation, craft preservation, community empowerment
Our first week back in Guatemala has been a whirlwind of creation and
excitement. We have been rocking and rolling gathering groups of
artisans and boot makers to create the world's coolest boots.
- Job creation: The making of ONE pair of boots helps supplement the daily
wage for at least 10 different artisans here. It truly is a community
effort where everyone shares the work in order to create a pair of
boots. In most cases, each of the ten artisans are working on several pairs of boots which further increases their day's wages.
- Craft preservation: Continuing Teysha's model of bringing
together different groups of artisans to be stronger together, we are
working with weavers all over Guatemala to source their magical Huipil
blouses, woven fabrics, and embroideries. These art forms have been
practiced for hundreds of years here, and we hope to support the
artisans in making a living and passing the art form on to their
children. The process of making boots is also a very traditional art
form here. There are hundreds of people who have been making boots all
their lives, and each person has their own specialty in the process. By
bringing the weavers and the boot makers together, we are helping to
create new opportunities for all stakeholders.
- Community empowerment: When artisans are able to make a living
and continue their craft, the benefits spread throughout their families
and their village. While here we are engaging with the artisans to learn
more about their lives and what would benefit them most, to see how we
can all work together.
One of the things that has impacted us most this week has been the
process of creation and collaboration between the artisans dreaming up
beautiful and traditional designs and creating them from memory, our
team getting to curate the textile options, our customers thinking hard
about how to build their boot, and then the community of boot
makers putting it all together. Everyone benefits from a creative
outlet, and it's all the better when that creation spreads opportunities
around the world!
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