a handwoven partnership
a tail we could wag creates fun fashion accessories for pets and the people who love them. It is a spirit and appeal developed by combining a passion for the great outdoors, a relaxed lifestyle and the artistry of the Mayan people. Together, we have created a look and feel that is not only unique but supports a small population of Mayan artists living in the highlands of Guatemala.
The Mayan people of Guatemala suffered great losses during the most recent civil war. Many women were left to raise families on their own in a country already depressed. These artisans had few skills outside of their unique style of weaving that is passed on from generation to generation. Our partnership with them creates an opportunity for them to earn an income from their weaving skills while building community development and helping to increase self confidence and hope for themselves, their children, their families and their villages. They are the true heroes and the ones that make this all possible. We are only a portion of their success. As we work together we inspire each other, thus increasing business and the economic well being of the Mayan people.
We often hear that one of the main attractions of our products is the color and texture of the Mayan weave. We use both designs that are indigenous to Guatemala and those that have been created specifically for a tail we could wag, making our product line truly unique.
We have seen first hand how this wonderful process works. After spending time with our partners and weavers, watching a new design being woven, taking and sharing digital pictures with them and seeing the impact we have on the artisans’ lives, we are even more committed to ensuring our partnership thrives. It’s very rewarding to see how proud the Mayans are of their work and to be able to share in their success.
A W.H. Auden poem seems to capture the essence of all we have created: “in moments of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag“.
We hope that when you own one of our products, you too, wish you had a tail to wag.