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Men's Leather Black and Gray Handwoven Bracelet, 'Light of the Stars'

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Men's Leather Black and Gray Handwoven Bracelet, 'Light of the Stars'

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"I really like the color of the sky and the majesty you can see during every star shower," Karina Mercedes Canova says. "That's why I chose neutral colors with a few glimmers of white." She designs a men's wristband of black leather and adds a band of fabric woven on a backstrap loom. The wristband ties closed.

Made in Guatemala

  • 100% cotton, leather
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Free Jewelry Packaging? Yes
  • Premium Jewelry Gift Box? Yes
  • 10 grams
  • 0.35 oz
  • 21.59 cm L x 2.1 cm W
  • 8.5" L x 0.8" W
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Karina Mercedes Canova

Meet the Artist

Artfully crafted by Karina Mercedes Canova from Central America.

 

Meet the Artist

Karina Mercedes Canova

Karina Mercedes Canova

"These Maya designs date back more than 1,200 years. So when a woman weaves today, she is continuing the path toward her ancestors and confirming the validity of their teachings in her work."

"I'm a fighter, perseverant and willing to overcome any obstacle that keeps me from achieving my objectives. My family... fills my life. I have a son born in 2002, a daughter born in 1994 and my first son, born in 1990. They still occupy a great part of my time and my husband's. I enjoy the moments we're together. The difference in their ages lets me experience different stages of life, each one filled with surprises.

"I was born in the capital but I lived for nine years with my parents in the picturesque village of Amatitlán. My mother is Guatemalan and my father of Italian ancestry. My father tells how my grandparents were Italian artisans who crafted very elegant felt hats. When they arrived in Guatemala, they set up a workshop here. My mother worked as a nurse but her art is crocheting. I remember that everything her hands created was a total success – she has exquisite taste for combining colors and even today she brings a very special touch to decorating the home.

"My childhood was lovely – I'd call it a fairy tale. My parents, like all dreamers, had achieved what they called 'The American Dream.' In 1974, when I was nine years old, we moved to Chicago to live. That's when my fantasy world quickly took a 180-degree turn as I realized I had become a very independent adolescent, sure of myself and emotionally strong. I had conquered my fear of not fitting into a world totally different from that of my village.

"I've always felt a passion for fashion and accessories. I remember during my first years at college, I'd spend vacations in Guatemala to create a collection of modern casual clothing based on our beautiful handwoven jaspe fabric. The collection was a success and opened doors to opportunities in the North American market. I worked at it for the entire season, then stopped while I finished my university studies.

"Today I've taken up this art once more, designing and selecting different materials, but always using the beautiful handloomed brocades woven by Maya women to decorate my handbags. Each one of my collections has its own charm, due to the designs and to the meaning of the Maya symbols in the embroidery.

"I'm convinced that we all possess the innate gift of art, but not everyone has the time to discover it. I've spent the past year researching the components of my materials to be sure they are lead free. I've also devoted hours to designs inspired by the most important Maya elements, using the same techniques as the women.

"My handbags are crafted of leather with inserts of handwoven fabric from the huipil blouses worn by Maya women. They feature symbols related to the sun, the moon, the celestial bird, the serpent, the earth, fertility and foliage, authority and duality. This is a reflection of their world view.

"These Maya designs date back more than 1,200 years. So when a woman weaves today, she is continuing the path toward her ancestors and confirming the validity of their teachings in her work.

"As a designer, my main work is to make the world aware of the richness of Maya culture. Guatemala is the cradle of this unique civilization. When you choose my handbags, you are acquiring a piece of history because the Maya weaver combines creativity and tradition in every textile. This is why these handbags are unique. You are also fostering the continued use of the backstrap loom so that this art will be taught to future generations and not be lost."

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WOMEN S M L XL XXL
4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
BUST 35 - 36 37 - 38 39 - 41 42 - 44 46 - 48
WAIST 27 - 28 29 - 30 31 - 33 34 - 36 38 - 40
HIPS 37 - 38 39 - 40 42 - 43 45 - 46 49 - 50
MEN S M L XL XXL
CHEST 36 - 38 39 - 41 42 - 44 46 - 48 50 - 52
WAIST 30 - 32 32 - 34 35 - 37 38 - 41 43 - 45
NECK 14 - 14.5 15 - 15.5 16 - 16.5 17 - 17.5 18 - 18.5
SLEEVE 32.5 33.5 34.5 35.5 36.5
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BUST / CHEST

Measure around the fullest part of chest under the arms and over the shoulder blades keeping the tape measure level.

WAIST

Measure around the smallest part of the waist keeping the tape measure comfortably loose. Most garments use the low waist measurement noted below.

LOW WAIST

Measure around the body approximately 1.5" below the natural waist (above). This is the area where most pants and skirts actually fit.

HIPS

Standing with your heels together, measure around the fullest part of the body approx 7"-8" below the waist.

NECK

Measure around the base of the neck keeping the tape measure comfortably loose.

SLEEVE

Bend elbow slightly and starting at the center back of the neck, measure across the shoulder, to the elbow and down to the wrist.

INSEAM

Our standard inseam length for women is 32" and 34" for men; however inseam measurements will vary slightly by style.

 

Belts with buckles are measured in inches that correspond to a waist size however, most people do not wear belts on the waist, they wear them closer to the hips. A buckle belt measurement is take from the end of the "pin" of the buckle to the middle hole on the belt. Generally there are 5 holes for size adjustment, with a 1" space between each, so the middle hole will the be average size of the belt.

For at tie belt (no buckle) measure the belt portion end to end and half of the tie portion. This again is the medium size of the belt.

For a soft fabric tie belt it can be called "1 size fits most" and the entire length of the belt should be measured and listed.

See buckle/tie belt size standards below.

WOMEN S M L XL  
4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
inches 26 - 30 28 - 32 31 - 35 34 - 38 38 - 42
cm 76 - 86 81.5 - 91.5 86.5 - 96.5 91.5 - 101.5 96.5 - 106.5

+/- tolerance: 0.5 inches or 1.25 cm

MEN S M L XL XXL
inches 30 - 34 32 - 36 35 - 39 39 - 43 43 - 47
cm 81.5 - 91.5 86.5 - 96.5 91.5 - 101.5 96.5 - 106.5 109 - 119

+/- tolerance: 0.5 inches or 1.25 cm

Sash tie length

Lay sash/tie out flat away from the garment and measure from end to end.

Belt with buckle

Measure from the end of the pin of the buckle (where it touches the buckle) to the middle hole.

Belt without buckle

Measure from the belt portion end to end and half of the tie portion. This is will give you the medium size of the belt.

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