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

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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:

Diamante Bucket Bag proud mary photo

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.

Cirque tie proud mary photo

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.

proud mary sandals photo

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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