Products made by Guatemalan hands conquer the New York Now international fair
In 2021, exports of handmade products from Guatemala reached around 31% compared to the previous year.
Currently, handmade Guatemalan artisanal products are characterized by their good manufacturing practices, trends and compliance with regulations, which gives us access to the most demanding international markets.
Guatemala present at the largest decoration items fair
New York Now is America’s largest home and gift wholesale trade show, where brands, buyers and designers come together to connect more than 3,000 independent brands with more than 26,000 retailers.
From August 14 to 17, 2022, the companies Alisa, Artexco, Crane, Hasta el Cielo and Topis Cerámica, members of the AGEXPORT Handmade Commission, participated in person and for the first time at the New York NOW Fair, United States.
This opportunity is thanks to the “Woman in Trade for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth” Project executed by the Office of Trade Facilitation, TFO Canada and the AGEXPORT Handmade Commission, funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada, since they received training and education to strengthen their company, as well as the necessary means to attend an international fair.
“Thanks to the Women in Trade for inclusive and sustainable Growth project of TFO Canada and AGEXPORT, these companies from the Handmade sector participated in person at the fair and we are very proud because these companies are led mainly by women who directly support artisans from handmade products in the decoration and Fashion sectors”, informed the coordinator of the AGEXPORT Handmade Commission, Gwendolyne Figueroa.
Topis ceramics exhibited handmade ceramic pieces with unique designs such as tiles, lamps, tableware and accessories for the home and eco filters; Hasta el Cielo Store presented articles made with natural fibers such as baskets, vases, underplates and bags; Crane works with cotton and recycled cotton that is left over from clothes or fabric that they cut in industrial cutting machines and then remake the fabric to be able to cut and make the final product, their products are for the home; Artexco (Kult) are from a community in Quetzaltenango and work with all kinds of products such as textiles, natural fibers and blown glass and last but not least Alisa, who presented products such as cotton thread braids, cotton jewelry and home decoration, textiles, runners and table placemats.