The Yucatan Peninsula, a region covered in lush rainforests, peppered with magical hidden cenotes (natural fresh water sink holes), and painted with beautiful red, yellow, and magenta birds of paradise.
Around this time last year, my good friend and I took a trip to Cancun, Mexico. We saw and experienced the charm of the Mayan culture. The vibrant colors of their land purposefully designed and woven into their clothing. A centuries old practice of back loom weaving still used by Mayan women today. Sadly, their art is slipping away due to poor economic conditions and a lack of channels to expose their weavings to the international market.
Organizations like Mayan Hands and Cojolya Association of Mayan Women Weavers have opened new economic opportunities and gave the Mayan women a new voice through their art. They are working to prevent such a precious piece of history from getting lost. You can also find blouses like the one painted above at Chiapas Bazaar's online boutique. The founders have amazing stories and a powerful mission. On the high fashion end, check out Pineda Covalin. I snagged a gorgeous blue and gold silk scarf with Chichen Itza printed on it while in Mexico. Their designs are breathtaking! Take your shopping one step further and buy one of a kind pieces from master artisans of Mexico. Decorate your home with a piece of ancient history.