Fair Trade Colorful Sunburst Kippa
This fair trade hand-crocheted sunburst design kippah or yarmulke is an artisan-inspired design. Each kippah made by the May Cakchiquel in of Guatemala is approximately 6 inches in diameter, but variations may occur due to the handmade nature of the yarmulke. Indigenous artisans love color and craft their designs using colors reflected in their “traje”, the traditional Mayan dress used by indigenous men and women in Guatemala. Your purchase of this Fair Trade Kippa provides income to the artisans who crochet the kippot, which means better food on their family table, better access to health care, and school for Maya children.
Materials: 100% cotton
Size: 6″ diam
Hand wash cold
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