We are so grateful for all your support & friendship. We could not have made it without any of you, our team, family, friends, artisans, buyers, suppliers & scarves lovers!
We are so excited to partner with Ethical Ocean to give all of you a special deal for Black Friday! Click on the image below and it will take you to our 4-day shop!
On Sunday...the Flor Nacional del Pueblo (National Flower of the Country) was elected. This beauty pageant is only for Mayan descendant princesses. Glenda Macario from Chichicastenango won! She was not my personal choice but she did give a beautiful speech! This pageant is well known for picking the Mayan Queen who is pretty, but who also can speak two languages fluently, their native language & Spanish. Glenda gave her speech in Quiche and then translated to Spanish.
I decided to start a new section on our blog dedicated to all the beautiful contestants and mainly to their beautiful traditional costumes! As you all know I am beyond obsess with traditional costumes, mainly the ones from Guate!
I apologize for the bad quality pictures. I had to take them from my TV screen as I was not in Quetzaltenango to go take live pictures!
Last year's Flor Nacional del Pueblo.
Her name is Nora Dieguez. Her traditional costume is one of my favorites.. all those colors on her blouse making a contrast against the white lace. She is from Santa Eulalia, Huehuetenango. Here are some pictures of her grand entrance on Sunday... I so wish I could take close-up pictures of her crown, earrings & necklaces.
Our favorite scarf for this week is the XEBINIC Alpaca Scarf!
The XEBINIC is 100% made of Alpaca fibers & it measures 74" X 38".
It is hand-weaved in a foot -loom.
Here is a pic of how the XEBINIC is being made on a foot-loom...
Here are the pictures of our Xebinic Scarf... Hope you love the XEBINIC scarf as much as we do!
Xx. The Ketzali Team
Today, we wanted to highlight a company that we love for their unique vision and dedication to their dreams. The company is MAIYET. MAIYET is a luxury fashion brand that is working to empower global artisans. They work with artisans in Colombia, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Mongolia, and Peru. While working with these artisans they emloy training programs to ensure the quality of the products and to allow their skill levels to grow and influence their communities.
MAIYET was formed with a vision by Paul van Zyl and Daniel Lubetzky. The idea was to co-found a company that used an ever growing market to fund worldwide peace. They decided that the fashion industry would allow them to work with global artisans to promote peace and generate revenue.
Not only is MAIYET focused on showcasing the worlds exceptional talents, but they are committed to forming partnerships with companies who share their same innovative vision. They partnered with Nest, which is an independent nonprofit organization that strives to train and develop artisans business. This training and development will allow the artisans to become entrepreneurs thus launching their communities into prosperity.
MAIYET and Nest have committed themselves to creating better lives for the worlds talented artisans. They will work together to ensure the prosperity of the artisans and their communities. Their business ventures will create gorgeous clothes while promoting world peace.
*All images courtesy of MAIYET.com. Click on the images to check out their website!
Our Link of the Weekend is the article "Everything you ever wanted to know about scarves but were too afraid to ask". It is published by Smart Turnout London. The article really needs no further introduction then it really does tell you basically everything about scarves. Click the link http://www.smartturnout.co.uk/blog/?p=413 to read the article! And have a great weekend!
Thursday's quote comes from Winston Churchill. "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." He is acknowledging the fact that a person cannot reach success without going over the obstacles of failure. Keep pushing through all the mistakes and unsuccessful attempts and the reward will be fulfilling.
The Ketzali Team
KEMICK is our scarf of the week! This design has a deep pink background color. The thick stripes are navy blue. The accent stripes are a medium brown. This scarf would be the perfect accessory with a navy top to add a pop of color. It would be a great addition to a back to school wardrobe. To find out where this scarf is sold visit our stockist page.
We've made it to Wednesday of another hot week! Our quote is from Howard Thruman who was an American author, educator, and civil rights leader. He says:
"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive."
If you come alive within yourself, you can help change the world.
The Ketzali Team