Cotton shawl, 'Green Hope' (Guatemala)

"Green is the color of hope. Hope for a better life and better education for our children. It's the hope for less sorrow," say the women from Maya Traditions as they confide their inspiration for this shawl. "It is also the color of the grasshopper, which in Spanish we call 'esperanza' (hope), and we believe it brings good luck." The cotton wrap is woven on a traditional loom with shiny rayon details, and the fringe is tied by hand.