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Variegated Purple Guatemalan Fair Trade Clerical Stole


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MayaWorks Clerical Stoles are both handmade and fair trade and create a source of income for Maya indigenous artisans in Guatemala. These hand woven liturgical stoles are made by artisans of Lake Atitlán who are paid a fair and living wage for their work. This Guatemalan clerical stole is woven with many beautiful shades of purple and is also adorned with symbols such as fish, bread, a chalice, the cross and shafts of wheat. The color purple is typically worn in the liturgical year during the seasons of Advent and Lent and often symbolizes penance and renewal. Each Mayan stole is woven with 100% cotton threads and should be spot cleaned. Stoles are approximately 4” wide and 52.5” long measuring from the center of the stole with an addtional 4” fringe on either end. Straight neckline is held from the collar with a woven fabric chord. This handmade fair trade stole makes a thoughtful gift for the social justice minded pastor!

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Variegated Purple Guatemalan Fair Trade Clerical Stole

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MayaWorks hand woven clerical stoles are created fair trade by the artisans of Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala. The stole weavers live in a small hamlet called Panabaj which is located on Lake Atitlán. MayaWorks has worked with these weavers since 1997 and, because of their beautiful and high quality work, their stoles have become one of our most popular products. These artisans have been weaving Mayan liturgical stoles since the 1970s. An American priest by the name of Padre Aplás was living in their community and wanted to think of a way to help the Mayan people find a source of income. Being familiar with clerical stoles, he suggested this idea to the community. Today they have perfected the craft and the income of the sale of their stoles has brought economic development to their community. By working with MayaWorks, the artisans are guaranteed a fair wage for their work.