Mission Design LLC works with women's cooperatives in Guatemala and the Yucatan. We market their products and design objects for the American market.
Mission Design LLC helps two cooperatives in Guatemala and one in the Yucatan market products in the United States. The project began when the Mo-Ranch Women's Conference began using bags from third world women for conference bags. One group from Guatemala requested help in marketing their products in the United States. While this sounded easy, it was not. Most Americans do not use tapestries or huipils. Along with Judy Gausnell, Kay Jordan decided that the women could be helped if some of their things were modified for the American market. Working with the women the products they make are often put on bags, jackets, ponchos. vests. At times the products are made in the United States. Other times the women make the entire object. However, this seldom works as the women do not have a real idea of the American style. A good friendship has developed between the women and Kay Jordan who visits yearly and keeps in touch weekly. Trips to the Yucatan were added in 2012. The Jordans had a former exchange daughter in the Yucatan with whom they are close, and visits to her family had taught them how wonderful handwork can be in that part of the world. Generally the women make blouses or batas of incredible quality. However, they have needed help with sizing and colors. Items like the ones on this page may be purchased (if available) from Kay Jordan. At times the things are one of a kind or limited in size.
Mission: Our mission is to help women in Guatemala and the Yucatan market their products in the United States. They need money for the things that all mothers need: food, clothing, school fees for their children. Their standard of living in Guatemala is far below that of the developed world. While many people are helping, the needs are great. Mission Design tries to help them develop products that will sell in the United States.
[05/05/15] Most of the products on these pages have been sold. We are doing new things that I have yet to post. The women in Mexico continue to improve on the blouses, both in quality and in size. We hope to have another product for the women in Guatemala to make and/or finish. They tried a few blouses, but most of the sizes were very small. The designer has done some incredible jackets. I will post those pictures along with new vests soon.
[12/02/13] All the products on this page are for sale. School fees for the families in Guatemala are due in January, and the women need more work to make extra money. Purchasing the products will help them. They make items such as huipils for us to modify for the American market. I have not added sizes and prices because the sizes can depend on how the item is worn. We are especially anxious to sell the table weavings in the middle of the site. Please email Kay Smith Jordan at [email protected] or call me at 210 247 8223. I live in Dallas, but I am frequently in San Antonio where our designer lives and our products are stored. Thank you for reading this and looking at the pictures Kay Smith Jordan
This beautiful tapestry was made by a friend's mother. We own her same pattern in red. Guatemalan textiles add a depth in any ways to our lives.
This is beautiful machine embroidery from the second co-op that asked me for help with marketing in the U. S.
The first thing we did was to add textiles to designer jackets.
These bags have handles using belts made by one of the cooperatives' members. These are typical belts. The one on the left is beaded.
These two bags were made from Textiles woven in the Yucatan.
This is an incredible huipil made by the cooperative in Guatemala. It has made a beautiful vest.
Most Guatemalan women wear huipils. Since most American women in the U. S. do not, the women made these for us to use. This is one of our vests.
This is one of the new colors the women used. They also used purple, red, pink , and green as well as their typical white, cream, and black manta.
This is our Mexican "daughter" Armida working with the leader of the cooperative in the Yucatan.
This is the third set handwoven for the American market. There are 3 separate pieces. The pieces can be used separately.
These are woven tapestries also for tables. All of these sets are currently available.
These are fabrics woven by the Guatemalan women to be used as multiple table runners. This way no table cloth or placemats are needed.
This purse if one is made from one of the cooperative's tapestries. The small people are typical Guatemalan figures that our designer, Judy Gausnell, added to the bag.
This embroidery was made by the women of the first cooperative with whom I began working.
[08/29/13] Welcome to Mission Design. We will update this page with new pictures of our products. Purchases help these women earn a living and send their children to school.
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