A trip to Antigua, Guatemala’s vibrant -and impeccable- colonial city, to the New World Crafts Fair changed our perspective of the Central American country and raised the bar for all artisanal decorative home accessories made in Latam.
In the words of our founder, Jessica Macias, the New World Crafts Fair was a beyond eye-opening experience: “The fair lasted three days and there we learned about the savoir-faire and the cultural background imprinted on Guatemalan textiles and crafts, we also met artisans from other countries from the region, such as El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, and the truth is that it was an amazing experience. In addition to going to the fair, we had the opportunity to see artisans in their process. The artisans making their fabrics”.
Guatemala is also a very culturally rich country, people are very proud of their roots and the city of Antigua is a city, according to Macias “not beautiful, the next thing”. Full of greenery, delicious food, impeccable spaces, and a great sense of safety.
“We had the opportunity to close agreements with several suppliers. Certainly, it was a very enriching experience for everyone. All the sustainable home decor brands worked under the Fair Trade system, and with eco-friendly materials”.
Other invited guests were representatives of Tory Burch and Target, and sharing this experience with them was very interesting.
Numen Pick’s from the New World Crafts Fair
“The backstrap looms Guatemalan weavers use today are virtually identical to those that their Mayan ancestors used 1200 years ago “
“Over centuries, each village developed its own unique patterns and colors. As a result, these represent the communities, much like a language, and are easily distinguished by locals “