DE LA SIDRA REPRESENTS
ONE-OF-A KIND HANDWOVEN TEXTILES MADE FOR WOMEN BY WOMEN
De La Sidra was born out of a dream to bring together modern women, with traditional Mayan skills and craft, in a way that empowers, revives, and maintains the integrity of the culture. This dream connected the beautiful Mayan artisans in Guatemala to the globally-conscious woman, in a mission to uplift both through fair trade design.
Every traditionally-made product represents the skillfully woven story of the Guatemalan woman who created it. The unique patterns and artisan-made designs bring life to the values and traditions of her family and community. Each product preserves ancestral weaving techniques that reflect the weaver's dreams, visions, and heritage; emboldened by the colors and ancient dying-techniques specific to her community.
Our Global Mission & Local Cause
De La Sidra strives to give back to the hardworking people of Guatemala by making a difference in the lives of these artisan women by empowering them to become leaders in creating change and enabling progress through their many hardships. In a male dominated society, the women are able to embrace their own independence with a positive impact on their own lives, their families, and their rural communities, while promoting opportunities for health care, education, and economic growth for future sustainability.
With every purchase, the women are empowered with the right to make a living off their craft, while preserving old skills passed down from generations of weavers.
At De La Sidra, we treasure the importance of fair trade and ethically-sourced material above all. That’s why every product is woven with high-quality textiles that have been reused and refurbished, and every sale flows back to the talented women who created our handmade products.
Where Traditional Craft Meets Modern Taste
De La Sidra textiles takes special care to appeal to today’s style, while preserving the integrity, identity, and individuality of the woman behind them.
We want every woman who buys a piece of De La Sidra to feel happy knowing that their purchase is not only a culture-rich piece of tradition, but also part of a greater platform designed to weave life back into the communities who made it.
Our handmade products celebrate the talent of each beautifully-skilled Guatemalan woman and men, in a modern-crafted design that can be thoroughly enjoyed by all!
WHERE WE WEAVE PARTNERSHIPS
FROM THE ARTISAN TO YOUR IMPACT STYLE
MANOS PRECIOSAS | PRECIOUS HANDS
Committed to creating a positive impact in the lives of many artisans and their families, Irma Yolanda Zuleta founded Precious Hands years back.
Precious Hands works jointly with the artisan women in their rural communities to earn a living while taking care of their families. Providing guidance for innovative designs, Precious Hands also assists with the production and marketing of the artisans’ handmade products, thus generating economic sustainability.
Precious Hands makes small loans possible through its Micro-Loan system for continued training and education, the purchase of sewing machines, or start their own business while preserving their ancestral weaving traditions.
TEJEDORAS DE CONCEPCION | CHIQUIRICHAPA, QUETZALTENANGO
Nestled in the highlands of Quetzaltenango, three groups of artisan women weavers “tejedoras” are in collaboration with De La Sidra to create designs soon to be emerging the style for the hip and modern! These beautiful artisans weave a life like no other; they are up before sunrise to tend to the corn or potato harvest, sun up come home to chores, children to ready for “la escuela” if privileged with that opportunity, and get themselves behind the backstrap loom and weave their one-of-a- kind creations.
WEAVING FROM THE HEART WITH EMI
Emi is a gentle and kind hearted artisan, diligently caring for her close knit family! Established on the hills of San Antonio, Emi not only tends to the family shop, she is the master designer of the products with practicality and uniqueness of each one of the recycled “huipiles” and “cortes” used and purchased from other weavers from other remote villages. Her husband tends to the workshop where employs two other assistants in the production of their unique handicrafts. Emi, a weaver herself, and her family have created a place where ancestral traditional weaving meets modern fashion while sustaining other artisans and their families.
TIMELESS TOTES BY DON JUAN
Don Juan is from the faraway highlands of Huehuetenago. He works with his two sons and their families. Each family member creates and weaves a different and unique style of “Timeless Tote” adding their own love and passion for their craft passed on for generations.
WEAVING TRADITION WITH LEATHER BY RODRIGO
Don Rodrigo’s passion for working with leather and textile distinguishes his hand sewn leather goods! With the help of his wife, Lila, he creates unique, hip and practical styles that connect with any fashion taste. Don Rodrigo also extends employment to other leather master artisans, weaving his own positive impact on his community’s economic sustainability.
WEAVING EMPOWERMENT THROUGH EDUCATION |
LESLY'S PROJECT IN QUETZALTENANGO
At the heart of De La Sidra’s mission for creating a positive impact in the lives of those with the most need in Guatemala, is our brave Lesly. Upon learning about this remarkable young 13 year old girl, born physically severely handicapped, we went to work in weaving empowerment through education.
As a result of a lack of mobility, Lesly lives bedridden, but that does not stop her from her dream to learn! Sadly, Lesly is orphaned by her mother’s passing a year ago. Lesly receives inhouse schooling from a loving teacher, Magdalena, who teaches Lesly and her young classmates 3 mornings a week in her bedroom turned classroom. Lesly started her first reading and writing classes in May.
Proving to be a quick learner, De La Sidra jumped at the opportunity this summer to replenish their list of school supplies, reader books, and the needed art supplies. De La Sidra’s vision is to see Lesly receive the education that she deserves and otherwise would not be available. She is the weaving inspiration for building the Lesly Project, a future center providing education for other handicapped children in her village for years to come. Proceeds from all sales will be donated to making the Lesly Project become a reality and the children begin weaving their own dreams for a promising future with dignity!