Category Archives: Guatemala

Don’t worry. Be happy

There is less than a week left in January. How many of you have already slipped up on your New Year’s resolutions or are worried that you didn’t make any in the first place? Don’t worry, we have the solution.

Our Worry Dolls, imported directly from Guatemala, are commonly given to children* to help them express their fears. But there is no upper age limit and there is a lot to be said for stating your worry out loud, then literally sleeping on it, to diminish that sense of foreboding.

The Caoba Worry Dolls come in all sizes, no worry too small or large.

The text in each bag reads
There is a legend amongst the Highland Indian villages of Guatemala: If you have a problem, share it with your worry dolls. Before going to bed tell one worry to each doll, then place them beneath your pillow. When you awaken they will have taken your worries away.

*The smallest dolls are not a toy. They are very tiny and not suitable for children under 4 years old.

Bride and Groom Worry Dolls

Bride and Groom Worry Dolls

Six tiny Worry Dolls in one bag

Six tiny Worry Dolls in one bag

Six Worry Dolls in their bags

Six Worry Dolls in their bags

 

 

 

Guardian Angel Worry Dolls with a tiny worry doll for scale

Guardian Angel Worry Dolls with a tiny worry doll for scale

 

A Worry Doll Pen

A Worry Doll Pen

Big Worry Dolls. Six in a bag

Big Worry Dolls. Six in a bag

Worry Doll key rings

More things Bright and Beautiful

Caoba may mean mahogany to Spanish-speaking nations, but to our shop visitors and on-line store customers it represents sunshine!  Call in to 56, Raeburn Place, Edinburgh and whatever the weather outside, you’ll immediately feel happier. Perhaps not an actual cure for SAD, but certainly a respite from the Scottish weather.

A sunny Caoba on a rainy day

A sunny Caoba on a rainy day

Our core Mexican range has recently been brightened by a delivery of glorious Guatemalan textiles, belts, bags and gifts.

Leather and woven belts

Leather and woven belts

Beaded star key ring

Beaded star key ring

Pouch-shaped purse

Pouch-shaped purse

Like the majority of our goods we source our Guatemalan products from Fair Trade suppliers with much of the range coming from the north of Guatemala around Lake Atitlan (”The place where the rainbow gets its colours”), an area of astonishing natural beauty and still largely away from the tourist trail.

Mayan woven textiles date back at least two thousand years with an intricate story directly linked to the region’s economic and social history. Each piece of handiwork contains the story of the indigenous people as well as that of the artisan who made it. For more information on Guatemalan weavers try this excellent book: Traditional Weavers of Guatemala: Their Stories, Their Lives.

Traditional Weavers of Guatemala book cover

Traditional Weavers of Guatemala by Deborah Chandler and Teresa Cordon

The money collected from the sale of our plastic bags goes to the Maya Health Alliance  an organisation committed to the health and well-being of the Mayan community in Guatemala.

Maya Health Alliance on Instagram

Maya Health Alliance on Instagram