First Look: Lauren Conrad’s Woven Napkin Collection
In addition to her thriving fashion label, Paper Crown, Laguna Beach and The Hills alum Lauren Conrad is also the co-founder of a growing global shop, The Little Market, which sells beautiful lifestyle accents, home décor, and fashion accessories made by artisans in developing nations. Today, Conrad and her partner and friend Hannah Skvarla give us an exclusive first look at their hand-woven napkin collection, a simple and meaningful way to dress up your tablescape.
The holidays are a special time of year, filled with gifting, spending time with loved ones, decorating the home, and… entertaining! Whether it’s a table for two or 20, one simple way to add a unique touch to your place settings this season is with hand-woven napkins. At The Little Market, we carry a variety of colors of beautiful 100 percent cotton napkins, skillfully made by artisans from Mayan Hands in Guatemala. Their simplicity makes them very versatile and easy to use with just about any glass or dish. Using one pop of color adds a great touch, but we also love to mix and match a bunch of colors for a really festive table.
Mayan Hands for The Little Market Royal Blue Napkin ($6)
Mayan Hands is a fair-trade organization that was founded in 1989. The organization works with 150 Mayan weavers from eight different rural communities in the highlands of Guatemala. It’s one of the artisan groups we visited during our trip to Guatemala earlier this year, and it was incredible meeting the women and seeing their skill and talent.
Mayan Hands for The Little Market Assorted Napkins ($6)
Because Mayan Hands follows fair-trade practices, the women and their families are able to rise out of extreme poverty and continue to live within the culture they cherish. They collaborate with other organizations to provide opportunities to the weavers in other areas, including scholarships and school supplies for their children, home improvements, micro-lending, training in new skills and techniques, as well as classes in gender awareness, domestic violence, conflict resolution, and herbal medicine.
Mayan Hands for The Little Market Champagne Napkin ($6)
“What’s unique about Mayan Hands is the high quality of our products. Mayan women are great artists and proud of the products they make,” a Mayan Hands representative tells us. “They also want to present the customers with a beautiful, quality item that they will be proud to wear or use at home.”
The meaning behind these pieces is what makes them even more of a special addition to your table, and the skill and pride that goes into making them shows through the intricate weaving. They are guaranteed to impress!