Fair Trade Brocade Woven Challah Cover
This handmade fair trade challah cover reflects the traditional brocade designs of huipiles, the traditional shirts worn by indigenous women in Guatemala. Brocaded in natural white on white, the challah cover is woven by hand on treadle foot looms using cotton thread. This Guatemalan challah cover is produced under fair trade conditions by women who proudly weave it for use in your home. By purchasing this challah cover, you are helping a woman care for her family, and you are helping community development happen through the economic development of women, who otherwise have limited ways to participate and contribute to the economic health of their communities. A beautiful mitzvah to inspire and enhance your Shabbat and holiday experience.
Materials: Handwoven 100% cotton
Size: 19″ x 18″ + 1 1/2″ twisted fringe on each end (fits two loaves of challah)
Hand wash cold water and line dry
Meet the Artist: Maya Cakchiquel
This group of Maya artisans began crocheting to raise money for a community women’s health program. Now the women earn a steady income with the sales of their hand-crocheted products ranging from kippot to crochet Mary Janes. They began making crocheted kippot several years ago on the suggestion of a Jewish friend who visited the artisans and saw them crocheting hacky sacks. She said if the women can make hacky sacks they can make yarmulkes! After a few lessons in how to make the kippot rounded and shaped, the women set to work creating this new product. Some months later, MayaWorks realized the artisans were unsure of what they were creating. A discussion ensued that talked about religious customs, both Mayan and Jewish, and explained the use and meaning of the kippot. "The Maya women's creative designs and patterns have proved to be a perfect match for the kippot," says Jeannie Balanda, Executive Director of MayaWorks. "The women understand the religious significance of the kippot. They are a respectful culture and put a great deal of thought and care into the design and quality of the product."Learn More