Michelle Gifford Podcast Ep 27 Tory Jones from Ixchel Triangle
Today’s podcast interview is with Tory Jones from Ixchel Triangle. She is a mom to four and a business owner of an ethically run bag and accessory company. This means that she knows and visits her friends and employees in Guatemala often. She is committed to preserving the creative culture of Guatemala and creating a sustainable living for the families that work with her.
Find Tory and Ixchel Triangle here:
This episode dives into what it is like to fearless in starting a business while being a mom. She shares her highs and lows and her thoughts on what keeps her grounded and motivated. Make sure to have a listen now!
What makes the Ixchel Triangle designs unique:
Huipils are garments worn by indigenous woman from central Mexico to central America. They are traditionally hand woven on a loom and are commonly worn by Mayan women. The huipil has additional significance for the Mayan women of Guatemala, as the woven design can also identify what type of Maya they are and which community they come from.
Huipils are complicated, time consuming, and a labor of love. For all these reasons, they are very expensive. If an indigenous woman does not have the skills or ability to make her own Huipil, it will cost her on average $300 to have one made. Ixchel Triangle is currently focusing on preserving this tradition by helping women establish schools in communities to teach traditional weaving to the younger generation. We realize that we must do our part in creating a sustainable business model.
About Ixchel Triangle:
EVERY IXCHEL TRIANGLE ITEM THAT IS PURCHASED DIRECTLY SUPPORTS ARTISANS AND FAMILIES IN GUATEMALA. A PORTION OF THE PROCEEDS IS GIVEN TO THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THESE 100% HAND-MADE IXCHEL CREATIONS. THE ARTISANS ARE PAID ABOVE MARKET WAGES FOR THEIR TALENTS, AND THRIVE AS HIGHLY VALUED MEMBERS OF OUR TEAM.
IXCHEL TRIANGLE ALSO BELIEVES THAT KNOWLEDGE IS FREEDOM. THE COMPANY IS COMMITTED TO HELPING THOSE WHO WANT TO BETTER THEMSELVES THROUGH EDUCATION. IT IS THE COMPANY’S GREAT PLEASURE TO HELP FUND EDUCATION OF CHILDREN IN GUATEMALA.