Three Stone Steps made its first trip to Guatemala (actually to Central America, if you don’t count Mexico) last month. It was both a vacation and shopping trip. While we’re still working on photos of some of our great finds: lovely shoulder bags made from the beautiful blouses worn by the Mayan women, recycled journals, and fun and funky beaded jewelry, we just thought that we’d show off some of the lovely county and its people in the meantime.
We’re veterans of markets in SE Asia. We’ve been to loads, but besides the Russian Market in Phnom Penh, most of the other markets we’ve ended up in are about food. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!) Despite markets taking up more than a small amount of guidebook text, the markets we visited in Guatemala featured local produce and meats, along with the invariable plastic crap like stools and colanders made in China, but overall there seemed to be a greater amount of handmade items that locals were selling to each other.
And, while it’s hard to find a non-colorful market, the markets in Guatemala were positively bursting at the scene with color. The photos below were taken at the famous Chichicastenango Market, on the steps of the Santo Tomas Church on a Sunday:
seller with yellow mums and more on church steps
Of course, local people buy other goods, too.
shopping for colorful thread for colorful clothes
admiring (and with good reason) one's one goods
It was a perfect overcast day for photography with my little point and shoot camera, so I decided to try out more photos in context.
All these items are from the Philippines, and should–fingers crossed, diety of your choice willing–will be here at Three Stone Steps by next week.
(This cute lime green bag is made from abaca, and lined with a used industrial plastic sack. The very sweet abaca flower is sold separately.)
Dangles made with bamboo, coconut bead, and some seed. They’ll be available in many hip and fun colors.
I’m least happy with this photo, although not with the product, which is a cute, summery clutch made out of seagrass, and line with recycled flour sacks.
Well, there you have it. Some new products shot in some new context. We’ll see just what I’ll end up doing with these photos when I get ready to load them to my site.
While I’m waiting for my brand spankin’ new products to arrive, maybe tomorrow, from Vietnam, and the very great, very unique items from the Philippines sometime next week, I thought I’d experiment a bit with shooting the products with a bit more flair, and just not, as a friend described, floating out there.
I’ve done a little test with my lovely fake grass. I shot a sample of my new little purses, made with raw silk, and decorated with a mod flower. Here it is:
I can’t wait to get them. I’ll also have these amazingly cute and oh so affordable purses in black with gray flowers, and yellow with purple flowers, but thought I’d start my test with just one.
So, what do you think?