Meet the master weavers who make your favorite scarves and table linens!
Located in the Western Highlands of Guatemala sits the agricultural community of Chua Cruz, home to our partner weaving group La Estrella. These talented artisans are master weavers and use the traditional backstrap loom to make beautiful scarves, placemats, and table runners.
Sharing the Dream has been working with La Estrella for 20 years. The group was originally formed so that the weavers could afford to send their children to school. The women didn't have an income, so they had no way to be able to pay for school supplies and tuition. They decided to work together to sell their weavings and try to find new clients.
When La Estrella was founded, there were 20 members. Over the years, members slowly left until the most dedicated weavers remained. Today, La Estrella is made up of 8 women, including a new generation of weavers. With the product orders that they receive from Sharing the Dream in Guatemala, these 8 women are able to provide for their families.
La Estrella is one of our longest partnerships with an artisan group, and the threads run deep. Over the years, La Estrella has received multiple workshops as part of our Artisan Development program, including quality control, color combination, and new weaving techniques. The skills they've learned in the workshops help the artisans to create unique, high quality products.
You can support artisans like the master weavers of La Estrella by making a donation to our Artisan Development program or purchasing a product from Sharing the Dream. Your purchase provides an income for the artisan who made the product, and as a non-profit, we use the profits from product sales to help support our programs in Guatemala.
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