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Handmade Sunburst Kippot


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You asked for it and here it is – MayaWorks’ Sunburst kippot! Our customers have been asking us to sell separately the kippah that comes with our tallit set. We’re happy to say our Mayan kippot are now available in our Sunburst design! Each kippah features a white sun swirl at the center with a zigzag color block design circling the border. These fair trade yarmulkes are available in purple, aqua, deep pink, deep blue, burgundy and gray. Each kippah is individually hand-crocheted by Mayan artisans in Guatemala, making each special and unique. These fair trade kippot are approximately 6” in diameter, but some slight variation may occur due to the hand made nature of the kippot. Purchase of these kippot helps to support the artisans who create them, as well as improve the lives of their families and the economy of their community. Mayan yarmulkes are 100% cotton. We recommend hand washing in cold water and line drying. The Sunburst kippot are not available for bulk purchase.

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Handmade Sunburst Kippot

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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."