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6 Inch Handmade Bright Crocheted Jewish Kippot / Yarmulke


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Our fair trade hand-crocheted original Mayan kippot or yarmulkes come in over 40 artisan-inspired designs. Each Guatemalan kippah is approximately 6 inches in diameter, but variation may occur due to the handmade nature of the yarmulke. Artisans craft their designs using bright colors to reflect the bright colors used in their “traje”, the traditional Mayan dress used by indigenous men and women in Guatemala. PLEASE NOTE: OUR HAND-CROCHETED KIPPOT ARE SOLD INDIVIDUALLY; THEY ARE NOT SOLD IN PACKAGES OF 7. PHOTOS REPRESENT SOME OF THE DESIGNS YOU WILL RECEIVE. WE HAVE BULK PRICING. Email or call (312) 243-8050 to learn more about our bulk discounts for your simcha! Please note Mayan kippot images shown here are samples of the many brightly colored designs of our one-of-a-kind, hand-crocheted fair trade yarmulkes. You will receive a variety of these unique handmade kippot designs. We generally do not accept individual color requests because each crocheted kippah is made with at least 5 to 6 colors making it almost impossible to single out a particular shade. We apologize, but if you receive a bulk discount, you may not combine your order with another promotional code. Mayan yarmulkes are 100% cotton. We recommend hand washing in cold water and line drying. Your purchase of our Fair Trade Handmade Bright Crocheted Guatemalan Kippot for your simcha is a wonderful Mitzvah. It provides income to the artisans who crochet the kippot which means better food on their family table, better access to health care and school for Maya children. You can make a difference in the lives of a Maya family in Guatemala! 

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6 Inch Handmade Bright Crocheted Jewish Kippot / Yarmulke

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In the small communities of San Marcos and Santiago, on the shores of Lake Atitlán in the highlands of Guatemala, approximately 60 Maya artisans work together to crochet our handmade fair trade kippot or yarmulkes. The women crochet to generate a steady income for themselves and their families. Each handmade kippah takes approximately 3 hours to create. Artisans are paid a fair wage for each yarmulke. They also receive additional benefits that align with MayaWorks’ fair trade principles such as literacy trainings, eye exams and eyeglass donations, skills and leadership trainings, low-interest microloans as well as scholarships for artisans' daughters to attend school. Maya artisans began making crocheted kippot several years ago on the suggestion of a Jewish friend who visited the artisans and saw them crocheting hacky sacks. She said if the women can make hacky sacks they can make yarmulkes! After a few lessons in how to make the kippot rounded and shaped, the women set to work creating this new product. Some months later, MayaWorks realized the artisans were unsure of what they were creating. A discussion ensued that talked about religious customs, both Mayan and Jewish, and explained the use and meaning of the kippot. "The Maya women's creative designs and patterns have proved to be a perfect match for the kippot," says Jeannie Balanda, Executive Director of MayaWorks. "The women understand the religious significance of the kippot. They are a respectful culture and put a great deal of thought and care into the design and quality of the product."