Posts Tagged ‘Artesanas Tz’uput’

Shoes For Little Feet

January 4, 2012

One of the expensive needs of the family is shoes for the growing little feet of the children and it is an especially big problem for the families in Guatemala. Simple little shoes in Guatemala cost about $12.00 – $20.00 for children but when you view that in light of  a daily wage of about $7.00 you can then begin to see what a big expense it is for families.

Most of the families of our artisan groups have a very hard time providing good shoes for their children or even buying any shoes other than rubber flip flops. This is the very reason that each child in our sponsorship program receives a new pair of shoes each year at the beginning of a new school year.


This year we are helping all children, of the women artisans in our Artesana T’zaput group, with school supplies so the families can afford to keep their children in school. Many of these children will also receive new shoes and socks because we have been blessed with wonderful donations for our Educational Support Fund.

If you are interested in donating to our Educational Support Fund use the donate link on our website.  Any amount will help us to educate children!!


Tiny But Devoted!

December 1, 2011

She is tiny but so very determined and devoted to work hard and help her husband provide for their children and keep them in school. Her name is Vicenta and she is the president of one of the artisan groups that we work with in Guatemala.

She weaves on large foot pedal looms, is a master weaver on the backstrap loom and is a tireless promoter of the group  in trying to find places to sell their handcrafts. We were introduced to Vicenta and her group though another organization several years ago and we have formed a wonderful working relationship with them. Even though she is a tiny little woman, a Kakchiquel Mayan lady, she is a  strong woman and can handle the large weaving looms and other equipment as well as coordinate the work of the artisan  group, her family and home.

Vicenta and her husband have 7 children and live in a very simple home — one bedroom and one other room with a separate room for a kitchen.

Her children and all the children in her artisan group are ones that we are fundraising for to help them with their school expenses this year. Please consider  donating $20 to help one of the 32 children in the families of the group.


She is a treasured little lady in her community and we are very pleased to help her and her artisan group earn a fair wage along with many other benefits for all the families.  To learn more visit our webpage about the artisans, Artesanas T’zaput.

New Line of Fiesta Linens For Your Next Party!

November 27, 2011

A couple of months ago we  unveiled a new line of table linens called “Fiesta”  which  includes tablecloths and napkins.  Artesanas T’zaput weave these by hand on their foot pedal looms of all cotton yarns.  They have been very popular and selling fast because they are so bright and pretty.

The tablecloths and napkins come in 4 colorways as shown above.  There are 2 sizes of tablecloths — 32 inch square and also a long tablecloth 32 inches by 72 inches.

What a wonderful gift for  Christmas!

See them at our website —

We know you will want to have a fiesta with these bright colors!!

Children of Choacruz

September 12, 2011

Education And More is fundraising to help children attend school.  We have the opportunity to help the children in our Choacruz artisan group by purchasing the school supplies they need to begin school in January.  The school year in Guatemala begins in January and continues until October when they have a 2 month vacation.

One child — one child at a time can be helped with your donation of $25 to give a child the opportunity to attend school.

These are impoverished children whom have very little chance to go to school without help.  Your donation will purchase a backpack / bookbag and the necessary school supplies for the entire year of school.


Won’t you please help with your donation!  You may use the donation page on our website or send a check to Education And More, P.O. Box 201, Burlingame, KS  66413

— please be sure to tell us that the donation is for the “Children of Choacruz”


We are presenting photos of some of the children that will benefit from your help!

Won’t you help us educate these children?  Donate Now!



Artisans Receive New Sewing Center

August 3, 2011

Education And More is so pleased to present a sewing center to the first artisan group, Artesanas  T’zaput.  They received one new Janome sewing machine last January and now have a full sewing center thanks to generous contributors around the United States.

Artisans receiving new sewing machines and equipement for their new center.

This is the first of three sewing centers that Education And More is presenting and we would like to thank all our generous donors for their contributions to this fund!  Without your help we would not have been able to accomplish so much for these women!

Thank you to:  Trinity Lutheran Church Women’s Groups, Mission, Kansas; Jenny H.  of Washington;  and AUDA, Artisans United for the Development of Atitlan of New Mexico  for their generous contributions and to the many others who have contributed tangible gifts as well as monetary gifts for these centers.

Sewing skills will help women earn money for a lifetime!

Machines and equipment are just a beginning for the women — Education And More will provide sewing teachers for months to come as well as continuing to fund and develop the centers adding additional equipment as needed. This project is expected to take 3-5 years. Artesanas T’zaput would like to have a new room for their sewing center and we hope to make that a reality in the coming year.The cost for the new sewing room will be approximately $3000.

The machines and other equipment was delivered amid a cold pouring rain but that was no problem for these women.  Several of their husbands came to help carry everything from the truck to the center which is about 1/4 mile off the gravel road down through the cornfield.  How they managed to carry such heavy equipment and remain on their feet in the slippery mud is surprising to me, but they managed it with a smile and laughs all the way!

Director, Jenny Peimann talking to the women during the presentation.

Education And More is all about education and we feel the practical education of sewing skills are very important for the women in this group and for the young women in the future who will benefit from the sewing center.

Backstrap Weaving Demonstration For Weaving Tour

May 10, 2011

The members of the weaving tour were treated to a demonstration of using atole or thinned down masa as a strengthener for sedalina yarns.  Sedalina is a mercerized pearl cotton yarn that is very fine and glossy.  It can be woven into beautiful textiles but is more fragile during the weaving process therefore the artisans dip it into thinned down masa, sometimes called atole.

Dipping the warp

After warping the sedalina it is dipped into the thinned down masa

The warp threads are next put on the backstrap loom while still wet

Too hot in the sun so a hat is in order.

The weavers told us that they only warp up sedalina yarns on sunny days because after it is dipped and put on the loom it must have time to dry before being put away.  The sedalina yarns have really bright strong colors with gloss to them that make into gorgeous weavings but because of the extra work involved are not used by many artisan groups. To see some weavings using sedalina see our typical Mayan weavings such as this one.