Journey to find Fairtrade items

Mayan women in their traditional blouses
Mayan women in their traditional blouses

As Fairtrade Fortnight draws to an end this weekend, the owners of Finca El Monte in Buckingham’s Well Street are just back from a month travelling in Guatemala and Southern Mexico, in Central America, sourcing new products for their shop.

Claire Gallagher and Mark Taunton are now buying from families who are paid good wages and work in safe conditions to create their products.

Ms Gallagher said: “We have been buying one-of-a-kind handmade bags and throws. Each one is hand embroidered using recycled huipils, the traditional blouses worn by Mayan women.

“Each village has its own design and girls are taught from a very young age how to make and embroider these items, some taking months to complete .

“We work with a Fairtrade Co-operative in Antigua, Guatemala. They buy old huipils in good condition and turn them into bags and accessories.”

Buckingham is a recognised UK Fairtrade Town.