Meet the Artisans: Meet our pine needle basket artisan group.
Meet Adelanto. Adelanto is a group of women artisans from the rural highlands of Guatemala. They make decorative pine needle baskets that are so beautiful they could be considered works of art. Adelanto was originally founded by a group of war widows and orphans after Guatemala's bloody 36 year civil war as a way to support themselves. The group started by making and selling woven bracelets. They have since learned the art of pine needle basket making. New members have integrated over the years, and the group is now 17 women strong.
In order to weave their baskets, the women must first gather pine needles. After gathering the needles, the women put them to dry. Once the pine needles are sufficiently dry, the group removes the ends of the needles. Using plastic raffia, the group begins to wrap the needles and raffia together in to the desired shape.
You can see Adelanto's work in our online store or by stopping in to one of brick in mortar stores.
Sharing the Dream in Guatemala
Diane Nesselhuf is Sharing the Dream in Guatemala's director and founder.