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Solid White Guatemalan Fair Trade Clerical Stole


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MayaWorks Guatemalan clerical stoles are handcrafted by indigenous Maya artisans and are also fair trade! This particular liturgical stole is hand woven in white and is also adorned with symbols such as shafts of wheat, bread, fish, a chalice and the cross. According to the liturgical year, the color white symbolizes joy and victory and is often worn during the seasons of Christmas and Easter as well as many other feast days. Fair trade clerical stoles make a wonderful gift for your pastor and link the person wearing it to the talented artisans in Guatemala who took many hours to create them. Fair trade wages ensure that the artisans making the stoles are making a living wage. Guatemalan stoles are hand woven on treadle foot looms in 100% cotton thread which should be spot cleaned. Stole measures approximately 4” wide and 52.5” long from the drop (105 inches total from end to end) and additionally has 4” fringe on either end. A straight neck line is created at the collar with a woven fabric chord.

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Solid White Guatemalan Fair Trade Clerical Stole

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Guatemalan fair trade stoles are hand woven by artisans in the small hamlet of Panabaj located in the rural village of Santiago Atitlán. Panabaj is situated on beautiful Lake Atitlán. These talented weavers have been using their traditional skills which have been passed down within their culture for generations to create these exceptional liturgical stoles. The idea was developed by an American priest named Padre Aplás who was living in Santiago Atitlán in the 1970s. He wanted to create a product the artisans could sell as a source of income for their impoverished Mayan community. Padre Aplás was later murdered in the Guatemalan Civil War but his spirit lives on through the work of these weavers who today are still creating stoles as their livelihood. MayaWorks has been working with these artisans since 1997 and has been able to provide them with a fair and living wage for their work.