'Proud Mary' Brings Guatemalan Textiles to Market with Ethical Home and Fashion Accessories


Photo: courtesy Proud Mary

From Charleston, South Carolina comes a new socially conscious textile design company called Proud Mary that's turning hand woven and sewn textiles made by artisans in Guatemala into beautiful home and fashion accessories.

I saw them in person at the Afia launch party, held at Guilded Studios in New York City--where we got the scoop on Meghan Sebold's Spring/Summer 2011 capsule collection--and one look at those luscious pillows in vibrant patterns and colors, above, is enough to have me hooked. Take a look:

Photo: courtesy Proud Mary

Comprised of pillows, neckties, and handbags, the collection is made with 100% cotton woven by three weaving cooperatives in Guatemala and produced by two sewing workshops in the region.

"We incorporated brightly colored pom-poms and tassels used in traditional Mayan dress, into each product showcasing the colors of Guatemala," says Harper Poe, founder of Proud Mary.


Photo: courtesy Proud Mary

Proud Mary's new collection will be available online at Proud Mary mid-May of this year. Plus, you can also shop a collection of handmade objects that Proud Mary founder, Harper Poe, has selected from small vendors at markets in Guatemala on the Proud Mary Market on Supermarket HQ.


Photo: courtesy Proud Mary

Items are reasonably priced; you can get a pair of hand made leather sandals (pictured above) for $45 and a handwoven palm envelope clutch for $28.

Though, I imagine, they'd be cheaper if you bought them at a Guatemalan market yourself, this way you don't have to barter or pay for air fare. Plus, 10% of the sale of each Proud Mary Market item is donated to a non-profit in the country of origin that focuses on education initiatives.

What do you think of the modern take on the artisan-made textiles? Tell us in the comment section, below.

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