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Are you looking for a statement piece of jewelry that is unique and different from anything else?  Look no further!  Wishful Living has amazing jewelry from Turkey, Indonesia, Guatemala, Nepal and beyond!  Come visit our store located in Berthoud, Colorado and you'll be fascinated by our great selection and thrilled with our low prices.

~ Tiffany

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There are few places left in the modern world where ancient traditions of textile art still thrive. Among these are regions within the Far East, central Asia, and South and Central America.

In Central America the legacy of the ancient Mayans lives on among its descendants. Cotton was an important crop among the early Mayans, essential to the weaving process. Colors derived from mineral and vegetable substances were ground in stone mortars and used to dye the fibers prior to weaving. Along with the early methods of spinning and dyeing, the Mayans perfected a simple technique of weaving still used today.

Dress performs a major function in Mayan culture beyond practicality and protection; it serves to immediately identify one as belonging to a specific tribe or community. A certain headdress, for instance, would signify marital status. Decorative colors and details on a traditional huipil (blouse), would identify a specific village. While some designs have disappeared over time, new ones have been added and many of the motifs found today are from pre-Columbian times. Mayan weaving is a celebration shared between an entire group, and although each village has its own colors and patterns, each work also bears the highly personal touch of the weaver who created it. Contemporary Mayans, like their ancestors produce brightly colored designs rich in history and meaning. Often a single garment takes between two and three months to create. Weaving is a great source of pride for the men and women of Guatemala. Unfortunately, many Mayans have had to give up their weaving heritage for survival reasons.

At Wishful Living, we have an outstanding collection of Guatemalan textiles, huipils, cortes, fajas, and other beautiful hand-loomed works of art. These pieces need to be seen to be appreciated. The amount of hand work on a single piece renders it a piece of art to be displayed and admired. The bright colors and ancient motifs will liven any room and make you smile as bright as the Mayan sun.

Read more about Guatemalan textiles at Little Mango Imports.

Stack of Old Mayan Huipiles - Guatemala Textiles

Stack of Old Mayan Huipiles at Wishful Living, Berthoud, Colorado

 

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It is that time of season when a scarf is a treasured accessory to any outfit and helps to keep you both stylish and warm.  As I walk the streets of Berthoud and pass many trendy ladies wearing scarves, I can't help but think how awesome it is to work at Wishful Living where a variety of scarves are sold for amazing prices to meet the stylish needs of women from all walks of life.
Covered in Scarves

For instance, the Pashmina Scarves in our store are a great buy.  These beautiful scarves come from Nepal.  They are so soft, delicate and come in a variety of colors to choose from.  Whether you chose to dress up an outfit with a bold solid print red scarf or perhaps one with intricate designs, you will be certain to fall in love with these scarves!

Beautiful, soft, woven scarves in a variety of colors come from Guatemala and are available as well.  These scarves are great for tying in various ways whether you chose to braid a scarf on one side or simply warp it around your neck.  There are so many fun colors to choose from, I often have a hard time deciding which scarf to wear for the day.  They are so comfortable and warm.

Wishful Living also offers a variety of light weight summer scarves.  I imagine these scarves would be perfect for tying in your hair.  With fun prints such as roses, dragonflies and butterflies that come in many different colors, these scarves are bound to turn some heads and get you a few compliments.  A wonderful woman came into the store the other day, and said she doesn't feel dressed completely unless she is wearing a scarf with her outfit. Scarves dress up any piece of clothing and add the extra pizazz we all adore.

Perhaps you could purchase a scarf to tie to your bag or luggage?  Does your loveable dog need a scarf to strut his/her stuff while going for a walk in the park? Scarves can also adorn our tables and chairs creating a unique décor for any household.  These beautiful scarves could be hung on a rod in a kitchen window to create a beautiful valance look and let just the right amount of light in.  The possibilities are endless as to what you can do with a scarf!

So as the winter months are approaching us, be sure that you have a few great scarves in your house to wear or decorate with. Come visit us at Wishful Living and see the wide variety of scarves offered throughout the store.  There are so many creative uses for scarves!  What is your favorite way to wear or use a scarf?

~ Tiffany

Located at 321 Mountain Ave in historic downtown Berthoud, Colorado, Wishful Living is a very large, unique store which offers an eclectic collection of folk art, jewelry, rugs, furniture, country, masks, candles, textiles, garden, ethnic, cards, baskets and so much more!  We are open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm and Sunday, 12pm to 5pm.