The Estrella Basket is a smaller version of the popular Dahlia Basket. It iss intricately woven of pajon, a native wild grass, and pine needles with colorful raffia accents. Handmade and designed by the women of Mayan Hands El Triunfo cooperative, this sturdy basket may be decorative, but it's entirely functional too.
Materials: Wild grass and pine needles
7" wide, 1 1/2" high
Handmade and fair trade from Guatemala.
Most of the women who work with Mayan Hands have had no more than a third grade education, and many none whatsoever. They tend to be illiterate, and many do not speak Spanish, but speak native K’iche’, Kaqchikel, Tz’utujil, or Achí. But one of the most important things that working with Mayan Hands does for them is make it possible for them to send their children to school, including their daughters. With encouragement, an annual gift of school supplies, and scholarships, Mayan Hands helps with what we see, and what the women see, as a very important change for the next generation.