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Guatemalan Worry No More Bookmark

Item # 33971
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Was $6.95
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Don't be such a worry-wart! Let go of your stressors with our unique Guatemalan Worry No More Bookmark. According to the Mayan Indians of Guatemala, you can share your worries with worry people and then place them under your pillow at night. During the night the worry people whisk all your cares away, and by the morning your anxieties should be gone. So tuck your nagging thoughts into a good book, and by the time you get back to it, you will be worry-free!

Each bookmark is a little different, but all are made of vibrant colored fabric, and the long legs are made out of bendable wire covered in colorful tightly-wound thread. Each bookmark comes on a card with the story of the worry people printed on it. Bookmarks measure approximately 8" L x 0.5" W (20.3 x 1.3 cm). Handmade in and fairly traded from Guatemala.

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Artisan: Doña Jerónima Juárez

Artisan Doña Jerónima Juárez

Doña Jerónima Juárez was born in the small village of San Pedro Las Huertas, near Antigua, Guatemala. She stopped attending school after the third grade in order to supplement her family's income by helping her mother sell vegetables in the marketplace.

Doña Jerónima's mother taught her to make worry dolls, a traditional craft in Guatemala. She recalls, "I was trying for 2 months to make the worry dolls; I made one but was not good enough then I undid the dolls and tried again and again and again lots of times."

Her perseverance paid off. Eleven years ago, she was able to found a small workshop, "Artesanias Multicolor," in the Colonial City of La Antigua Guatemala. She is able to employ fifteen artisans in the production of traditional and not-so-traditional handicrafts, including the "Worry Cats," a design she developed exclusively for the Greater Good Network.

With their livelihood no longer tied solely to the agricultural harvest, Doña Jerónima, her mother, and her three daughters continue to turn their traditional crafting skills towards the creation of new and unique designs.

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