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Ornaments - Set of 6 - Lacy Angels
These adorable angels are created by the Lopez Garcia Family in Guatemala. The six dainty angels are crafted of tule fiber, cotton, Kraft paper and foam. Each wears a lacy white gown and has sparkling wings in silver or gold. The six ornaments arrive in a hand woven cotton storage bag. The Lopez Garcia Family are best known for their traditional worry dolls; it is said that if you tell one about a problem and tuck it under your pillow at night, they will whisper the solution in your ear.
- Polyurethane foam, tule fiber, cotton fabric, Kraft paper, steel wire. Cotton storage bag.
- 16 g
- Each: 6.3 cm L x 5 cm W
- Bag: 11.5 cm L x 11 cm W
THE STORY BEHIND THE PRODUCT
Artisan Organization: Lopez Garcia Family
"My name is Aura Lopez and my family creates quitapena, or 'worry dolls,' which are traditional in Guatemala and Mexico. According to the legend, the Maya princess Ixmucane received a gift from the sun god, making her able to solve any person’s problem. Later, people began creating dolls with whom they'd share their problems. They've become very popular.
"My grandparents said that the way to use them was to take the doll out of the bag or wooden box and tell it your problems and fears. Then, you place the doll under your pillow and, the next day, your problem becomes smaller or can be resolved.
"Nowadays, the worry dolls are very popular and we've been able to make a living creating them. A lot of people in town create these dolls and we've been motivated to improve and carefully create our dolls. We've been able to improve the quality so that our clients receive dolls created with a lot of love.
"Almost all of us who craft worry dolls are women. This allows us to work from home so we can look after our children, check over their homework and make sure they eat well.
"This work has unified us as a family. It has given us group goals to meet and the opportunity to exhibit our work. We feel there are people around the world who value them and this makes us very happy.""