Madre Luna was founded in 2017 by designer Alda Esco, we've always believed in the power of heritage and locally made goods. The quality of the craftsmanship and the local artisans we partner are what make Madre Luna our mission in life.
THE BEAUTIFUL TEXTILES OF GUATEMALA
We want to inspire women around the world by bringing a little of the "Heart of the Mayan World". Mayan communities still make up a majority of the population in Guatemala. These communities primary face their own unique challenges where they have limited access to education, health services and work opportunities. All contributing factors to women's disadvantaged position in rural Guatemala. Weaving, spinning and basket making have sustained women artisans economically and culturally against the pressures of change and a civil war. Their persistence in continuing traditional art has created some of the most colorful textiles in the world. Their ethnic traditional clothing can be seen throughout the country. From town to town, we can see the difference of patterns, color designs and styles of the women's blouses and skirts. Each garment is representative of an a specific area or town and each textile or huipil (guipil), their regional blouse is uniquely handwoven with a variety of designs and symbols in its own sacred meaning. Sometimes a weaver will sew a myth from their region or town or a small representation of her "Nahual" (animal protector), all these are designs that tells a story.
MADRE LUNA SOCIAL IMPACT
YOUR PURCHASE MAKES A DIFFERENCE
We partner with cooperatives, small and independent artisans to help grow their businesses. With every purchase, you are supporting meaningful income opportunities for artisans and their families. This makes a difference and creates a positive impact.
What does madre luna means?
Madre Luna was named after the myth of the Sun and Moon (B'alam Q'e and Quana Po) from the literary work, "Xib'alb'a and the Birth of the New Sun" by Dr. Rudd Van Akkereen in 2012. The myth was based in the northern region of Guatemala near Alta Verapaz. "Quana Po or Señora Luna" in Spanish culture represents a beautiful princess that is related with the "Moon Goddess" at the same time is the "Weaver Mother Goddess". Madre Luna was inspired from "Quana Po" as being a renovated mother who takes care of Mayan civilization culture.