Shoes with a Mayan spirit! Cool and unique shoes made with hand woven textiles by Mayan descendants of Guatemala.
The Concept: With the help of my father we are creating a line of tennis shoes made with the combination of modern materials and hand woven textiles made by indigenous women of our country, Guatemala.
What makes our shoes unique and different is that they are produced in Guatemala (cradle of the Maya civilization) with hand made Mayan textiles made by Mayan descendants of different regions of Guatemala. Every thread, every pattern, every color, is characteristic of a specific region of Guatemala.
Why? Indigenous women of Guatemala, descendants of the Mayas, have been creating beautiful textiles woven by hand with ancient techniques passed to them through generations and generations. This women work for many hours every day weaving thread by thread textiles that display a large array of colors and patterns that symbolize important aspects of their culture. The end product are beautiful and colorful textiles that are used by them in many different aspects of their lives.
What we wanted to do with our line of shoes is to show the world the beautiful textiles this women make that reflect years of history of a culture rich in traditions and colors that come from the time of the ancient Maya civilization. So we thought, what better way to do this than to use this artful textiles in a product that is functional, fashionable and usable by all the people in the world, the tennis shoe.
Why We Need Your Help: We have developed the first prototypes and a small production run (30 pairs) which we have promoted through friends, family and social networks. We are amazed by the incredible comments we have received from people all over the world and through the many emails of people who want to own a pair of our shoes. Its been so, that we have even received orders from Ricardo Arjona a Grammy Award Winner from Guatemala.
Unfortunately producing this shoes in large scale is expensive because of the high initial costs of the textiles, injection molds and machinery equipment needed for a large production scale. With your help and specially by pre ordering your shoes we will be able to pay for this start up costs and not only produce in a large scale but to create more styles and colors of shoes for people to wear.
Please help us make our dream a reality and let the world know the incredible heritage the Mayas left us and the artful and beautiful work that indigenous women of Guatemala produce with their hands. Not only will you own a cool and unique pair of shoes but you will also help this incredible women to improve their quality of life and that of their families.
Please send your comments, questions or suggestions to email@example.com where I will gladly respond to you and update you about this cool project!
HERE ARE THE LIMITED EDITION TSHIRTS FOR OUR $30 PLEDGERS (AVAILABLE IN ALL SIZES)
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on August 25, 2012.
Jul 26, 2012 - Aug 25, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $1 or more
A very special thank you note posted in our Facebook page with a special mention about your contribution to the MayaXus project.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $15 or more
Your name will appear in our web page for everyone to see. A special section will thank all the people who helped Kickstart the MayaXus project.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $30 or more
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We will send you a limited edition MayaXus T Shirt (size of your choice) which will only be made for our Kickstarter backers.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $70 or more
A beautiful Guatemalan handicraft together with a sample of the textiles used on MayaXus will be shipped to you for an exotic decoration of your home or office!! (Shipping included)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $90 or more
A PAIR OF MAYAXUS!! We will send you a pair of shoes (size and design of your choice) fresh from our first batch. Shipping included. Estimated delivery by September.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $150 or more
MAYAXUS SPECIAL. You will receive a limited edition pair of MayaXus which are signed by the creator and designer...ME. I will personally sign them and ship them for free inside an exotic, hand woven tote handmade in Guatemala by the same people that wove the textiles used in every pair of MayaXus.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $170 or more
A PAIR OF PAIRS!! We will send you TWO PAIRS of shoes (size and design of your choice) fresh from our first batch. Shipping included. Estimated delivery by September.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $600 or more
THE MYSTIC PACK. 6 pairs of MayaXus of your choice and a copy of the ancient mayan manuscript "Popol Vuh", considered to be the most important piece of Mesoamerican literature. To further enjoy your Guatemalan experience, we will send you a pound of award winning coffee from the highlands of Guatemala.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $3,000 or more
DISTRIBUTORS OFFICIAL PACK. You have become an official distributor of MayaXus!! CONGRATULATIONS!! You will receive 40 pairs of MayaXus and a certificate which will back you up as an authorized distributor. All this plus the exquisite award winning coffee from the highlands of Guatemala.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $5,000 or more
CUSTOM MADE MAYAXUS. A custom made and special pair of MayaXus with the mayan handmade textile of your choice (we will send you all patterns and designs made in Guatemala). The style you create will be sold in our web store and named after you.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $10,000 or more
FULL MAYAN EXPERIENCE. We will fly you to Guatemala and take you to Tikal (cradle of the Maya civilization) where, on December 21st, you can witness first hand THE END OF THE WORLD as the Maya predictions have foretold. All this with a cup of premium coffee in your hand and MayaXus on your feet!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012