Sunday, April 15, 2007

Guatemalan place mats

My wife Connie and I attended the 13th International Festival at Black Hawk College in Moline, yesterday. Our old friends Bob and Jeanne Nakamaru were there selling hand-crafted items from Guatemala to raise money for a very good cause – the Centro Maya Xe’Kiyaqasiiwaan, a center for children with disabilities in San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala We bought the pictured four hand-weaved and dyed place mats and matching runner. Jeanne gave us a slip of paper listing some of the plants from which the dyes were created which were used to color the yarn. (Click on the picture to see it full-sized.)

Jeanne has more placemats for sale as well as other hand-crafted items. She also has premium organic coffee grown in the mountains of Guatemala for sale. This coffee is purchased directly from the farmers. Bypassing the middle man in this way empowers the otherwise powerless poor coffee growers and gives the consumer a high quality coffee at a reasonable price. All the proceeds from these sales go to support the Centro Maya Xe’Kiyaqasiiwaan. Read more about the center here, here and here.

If you are interesting in purchasing any of the mentioned Guatemalan hand-crafts or just want more information contact Jeanne Nakamaru at

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