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Worry No More Cat Bookmark

Item # 35172
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Don't be such a worry-wart -- let go of your stress with this most unique bookmark! According to the Mayan people of Guatemala, cats are thought to protect the souls of people on their journey to the underworld. The Mayans also have a tradition to share their worries with the worry people, which they place under their pillow at bedtime. It is thought that during the night the worry people will whisk all your cares away and you will wake up carefree -- all your worries gone!

Each bookmark is a little different, but all are made of vibrantly colored fabric and the long legs are made out of bendable wire covered in colorful tightly-wound thread. Each bookmark comes on a card with the story of the worry cats printed on it. Bookmarks measure approximately 8" L x 0.5" W (20.3 x 1.3 cm). Handmade in and fairly traded from Guatemala.

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October 9, 2012 - I bought these for stocking stuffers for my sisters and friends. Last year I got everybody the bag of Guatemala Worry Cats. They loved them!

Artisan: Doña Jerónima Juárez

Artisan Doña Jerónima Juárez

Doña Jerónima Juárez was born in the small village of San Pedro Las Huertas, near Antigua, Guatemala. She stopped attending school after the third grade in order to supplement her family's income by helping her mother sell vegetables in the marketplace.

Doña Jerónima's mother taught her to make worry dolls, a traditional craft in Guatemala. She recalls, "I was trying for 2 months to make the worry dolls; I made one but was not good enough then I undid the dolls and tried again and again and again lots of times."

Her perseverance paid off. Eleven years ago, she was able to found a small workshop, "Artesanias Multicolor," in the Colonial City of La Antigua Guatemala. She is able to employ fifteen artisans in the production of traditional and not-so-traditional handicrafts, including the "Worry Cats," a design she developed exclusively for the Greater Good Network.

With their livelihood no longer tied solely to the agricultural harvest, Doña Jerónima, her mother, and her three daughters continue to turn their traditional crafting skills towards the creation of new and unique designs.

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