My favourite day of this Guatemalan adventure so far was when I dragged Tyrhone around the markets of Santiago and Panajachel on Lake Atitlan.
After being lucky enough to witness a traditional Mayan ceremony taking place a ‘sacred house’ in Santiago Atitlan, we wandered through the local market selling every fruit and vegetable imaginable.
A Shaman performs a ceremony in the sacred house of Saint ‘Maximon’ a Mayan saint.
Clusters of women from the Tz’utujil Mayan community gathered to buy, sell, gossip and slap tortillas into shape over piping hot grills.
The market in Santiago, Atitlan
I love markets. I am a market junkie.
I love the sounds, the smells, the colours and the chaos.
Most of all, I love watching local life converge to buy, sell, create and interact in one place.
That’s a lie.
Most of all, I love looking at, touching and sometimes buying ALL THE PRETTY THINGS for sale.
The majority of the time I walk away with just a photograph and a memory, but sometimes I MUST HAVE THE PRETTY THING and this last trip was one of those times.
After much lustful admiring and sneaky fondling of the traditional textiles on display in the market, I became the proud owner of a hupil, a top worn by indigenous Mayan cultures throughout Guatemala.
And to continue my love of buying Pretty Things, I have become the proprietor of a small shop so that YOU, TOO CAN HAVE THE PRETTY THINGS and we can koo and kaa like Mother birds collecting shiny things for their nest.
It’s biological, okay?
I have hand-picked these items for their beauty, cultural significance, practicality and the fact that they are light enough to ship without breaking the bank.
I have kept the prices as low as I possibly can so that you can enjoy these unique, hand-made crafts from Mayan communities in Guatemala as well as support local artisans to make a better life for their families.
If you have any questions, payment issues or would like to inquire about colors or sizes which are not featured, please drop me a line.
We will be moving on from Guatemala in a week or so, so if you are interested in purchasing any Pretty Things, get your orders in quick! I will be adding a few more pieces over the coming week and am happy to shop for specific colors and styles for you also.
It’s a tough job, but someone has do it…
And feel free to share it with anyone you think may be interested. Thank you!