There is no question that we love our eco-friendly plush toys and wide-eyed owls here at Inhabitots, but cute products that are functional and also sustainably produced from recycled textiles are sure to ruffle our feathers even more. Chi Chi Amor’s Birdie Tote Bag has to be one of the more adorable things we have seen for kids in the New Year. We love the idea of sending our little ones off to school with a birdie friend crafted out of recycled Guatemalan textiles. The Chi Chi Bird has a real story to tell, and it is a great one to share with everyone you encounter along the path of your little one’s exciting adventures.
Chi Chi Amor creates totally unique children’s clothing and accessories from recycled and repurposed traditional Guatemalan/Mayan textiles. It’s no surprise that the entrepreneur Moms behind this great venture were originally trained as cultural anthropologists, and now are on a mission to promote the cultural and artistic preservation of traditional Mayan weaving traditions and the local communities sustained by these endangered arts. The multi-colored textiles in Chi Chi Amor’s one-of-a-kind products are based on the back strap loom weaving method. The company’s founders are proud to keep this amazing cultural tradition alive by selectively repurposing colorful fabrics from huipiles and cortes (traditional shirts and skirts) in their original line of eco-friendly products.
The weaving tradition among the Mayan people, and in many traditional cultures around the world, is under tremendous threat as a result of rampant globalization. Chi Chi Amor’s founders work diligently to maintain fair-trade standards via a collaborative relationship with Guatemalan/Mayan artisans and regional organizers who set their own fair prices for artist labor and each product’s design. The company is also currently working on expanding outside of Guatemala and into other countries known for their indigenous and endangered textile traditions. Chi Chi Amor will soon be offering clothing and accessories crafted in Peru, and hopefully India in the not too distant future.
The Chi Chi Amor Birdie Tote is made from recycled huipil from the Guatemalan highland town of Todos Santos. It measures 9” tall x 7” wide x 5” deep with a drawstring closure at the top. The inside lining is a cotton fabric with blue and white swirls on a lavender background. The bag is custom-designed by the artist P$ynner and retails for $50.00 USD.
Also quite adorable, Chi Chi Amor’s Recycled Huipil Bear – $ 40.00 USD