Imagine a table piece made from hundreds or thousands of tiny coloured beads !
Jose Reanda began learning to weave, under his mother’s tutelage, when he was 13 years old. In his late teens he began weaving with beads and later became a founding “beader” in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. He taught the art to others and is considered one of the driving forces behind this growing cottage industry. Skilled beaders are able to earn about 3 times more than they would by doing day labor work in neighboring and the effects on family health, education and so much more has been huge.
Jose’s work is unique and represents some of the finest bead work anywhere in the world. Each piece can take from one day to one week to create and no two are identical. Mayan Majix is supporting the work of the bead artists. Each purchase goes a long way to support Jose and his family. Jose’s subjects include mythical and endangered animals.
Beading has revolutionized the lives of many people in this area, and is now an important artisan industry in Santiago Atitlan. I have just broken into my savings, because I fell in love with this little turtle – and I want to support the Mayan family. So, this cute little guy is swimming its way gallantly across the oceans just to get to me !!
Please look at the 2 links below, and consider supporting Jose’s family in Guatemala, or asking others to do so. Thank you.