Meet UXIBAL //ooh-she-bal//
a philanthropic lifestyle brand, specializing in high-quality, handmade shoes, handbags and accessories.
Based in Guatemala and 100% hand-crafted by local artisans, Uxibal’s signature style uniquely re-imagines traditional Mayan textiles into high end, contemporary-bohemian designs. Each Uxibal collection reflects the ‘Eternal Spring’ climate of it’s Central American roots through versatile peices that are seasonless and perfect for traveling. From artisan leather cut-out boots with hand-braided straps and one-of-a-kind fringe clogs, to luxe leather handbags and handwoven tribal print d’orsay flats, Uxibal transcends Mayan culture and appeals to an international market.
The Meaning Behind Uxibal
The name Uxibal means sister in the Mayan language Qu’iche’ and represents our company’s desire to improve the lives of women in Guatemala—a traditionally male-dominated society. We work with women of indigenous Mayan descent, living in circumstances of extreme poverty, domestic violence, and sexual abuse. Combined with, little access to education, marriage at a young age, and high birth rates, these women have few options to improve their situation.
Meanwhile, Mayan women possess a rare talent for creating impressive handwoven textiles from scratch—a skill they’ve learned their mothers and grandmothers before them. By incorporating their traditional work into our designs, we are creating a market driven solution to help these women to rise above poverty and bringing attention to the everyday issues they face. Every woman who wears our shoes, carries our bag, or simply shares our story with a friend, is helping us to build our global network of women supporting women and empowering someone in Guatemala to rise above poverty and create a better life for the future.