Meet the Artisans

Women Supporting Women

Meet Andrea, the designer behind the Mandarina by Dre. Andrea is currently living in Guatemala City, where she studied to be an architect. She had an interest in making jewelry, where she first started selling jewelry in the artisan markets in Totonicapán, She began to connect with local artisans and learn their trades.


All of her pieces are inspired by different aspects of Guatemalan life, culture, and connecting to the Earth and universe. She works with and supports local artisans by sourcing materials from cities including: Antigua, Sololá, Quiché, Huehuetenango Department, Guatemala City and others.

Meet Lucía, the designer behind Corazón de Volcán. Native to Guatemala, she is an artist, a creative person, a lover and defender of her cultural heritage. She is an archaeologist by vocation and a visual artist since birth, also an insistent traveler.


Corazón de Volcán started from a ritual. Lucía’s early passion for embroidery; the ritual inherited from the hands of Guatemalan women, who, stitch by stitch, embroider their shared memories; has always been the impulse of Corazón de Volcán. This tradition, which gradually changed over the years, bears a mystical symbolism in each figure, design and color.

Meet Claudia, the designer behind Amun Handmade Designs. Claudia was raised in Southern Chile. After meeting her Guatemalan husband and living together in Chile for several years, they made the decision to move to Guatemala.

She created Amun Handmade Designs. “Amun” meaning “to move forward” in the indigenous language of the Mapuche people of Chile. She also designs tapestries in the character of the huipil textiles of Guatemala inspired by the Mayan culture. Blending different Latin cultural inspirations, Claudia makes beautiful designs with weaving and macrame.

Meet Cristina, the designer behind the jewelry brand, Zila. Cristina always had a desire to give back and help women in rural areas of Guatemala. She was taking a class in International Commercialism where she was introduced to connect with women from the northern department of Quiché. This led to the creation of Zila in 2016, whose mission is to create sustainable employment opportunities to empower women artisans in rural communities of Guatemala. Zila isderived from the Mayan word “zil” which means gift. 

“We believe the power of words and positive energy, that’s why our pieces carry an inspirational message.” Each piece of jewelry is made using only high quality materials and each bracelet is handcrafted by these artisan women in Quiché.

Meet Inés, the designer behind the jewelry brand, Mereketé. Inés is a fashion designer turned teacher. She currently freelances for the Guatemalan men’s brand, Emporium, where she previously worked full-time. She also teaches fashion design at the only University in Guatemala that offers Fashion design as a degree! Mereketé was born when like minded fashion designers collaborated on a short-term project .

Mereketé only employs women artisans from Guatemala City to rural communities near the department of Chimaltenango.

The materials purchased to create their jewelry, inspires the designs. Their focus is now turning towards sustainability and using only sustainable materials.

Meet Jessica, the designer of Jessica Velasco Designs. Originally from Malacatan, San Marcos in Guatemala, she now lives in Quito, Ecuador. She studied science and agriculture in Honduras and received her Master’s in Animal Science and Human Resources from the University of Illinois in Chicago!

Jessica chose to work with artisan crafted textiles from different regions of Guatemala, Ecuador and even Mexico! Using textiles in her fashion designs, specifically from Guatemala, allow her to teach people about her culture and country through fashion. All of the textiles are transformed into bags and apparel, while still maintaining their original character. Your purchase of Jessica Velasco Designs products directly support the indigenous artisan families that create the hand-woven textiles.

Meet Jessica, the designer of Jessica Velasco Designs. Originally from Malacatan, San Marcos in Guatemala, she now lives in Quito, Ecuador. She studied science and agriculture in Honduras and received her Master’s in Animal Science and Human Resources from the University of Illinois in Chicago!

Jessica chose to work with artisan crafted textiles from different regions of Guatemala, Ecuador and even Mexico! Using textiles in her fashion designs, specifically from Guatemala, allow her to teach people about her culture and country through fashion. All of the textiles are transformed into bags and apparel, while still maintaining their original character. Your purchase of Jessica Velasco Designs products directly support the indigenous artisan families that create the hand-woven textiles.