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I traveled in Guatemala in the 1970’s and was very inspired by the beautiful textiles of Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan. So when I first saw this beautiful line of handbags, I was smitten. They have blended fine craftsmanship with design. Each handbag is more than just an accessory, each is also a collectible piece of art.

The art of creating huipiles has been passed on from generation to generation in Guatelmala and is widely respected as a precious tradition. Alida Boer founded MARIAS in 2011 as a result of her love for fashion and design, appreciation of Guatemalan craftsmanship, and commitment to empowering women. She blends this artisanal craft with contemporary styles to carry on this beautiful legacy.