About your IAC 2021 Gift

Doll: “Quitapenas”

These Dolls come from the Popol Vuh, the book that treasures much of the wisdom and many of the traditions of the Mayan culture. This cosmovision explains that the Mayan Maize Goddess, Ixmucané, transformed herself into little dolls that would help people, taking their worries away.

The belief sais that, at night, you have to tell the doll the problem you have. And before you go to sleep, you have to state: “The dolls take away the sorrows that I have. My dolls always sleep under my pillow and if I have any worry, without it I wake up.”

For the elaboration of the quitapenas dolls, the artisans use small pieces of wood, wire or cardboard. First they shape the body and then cover with different types of fabric, among which the use of Mayan Indumentary Guatemalan fabrics stands out.

Its main distribution point is the handicraft markets, among which the Antigua Guatemala and the Comalapa, in Chimaltenango, stand out.

Coffee and milk candies

Ingredients: Sugar, milk and coffee escence.

The coffee can be from:

  • Acatenango (Bourbon, Caturra and Catuaí)
  • Antigua Guatemala (Bourbon, Caturra and Catuaí)
  • Atitlán (Bourbon, Typica, Caturra and Catuaí.)
  • Cobán (Bourbon, Maragogype, Caturra, Pache y Catuaí)
  • Fraijanes (Bourbon, Caturra, Pache y Catuaí)
  • Huehuetenango (Bourbon, Caturra y Catuaí)
  • Oriente (Bourbon, Caturra, Catuaí y Pache)
  • San Marcos (Bourbon, Caturra y Catuaí)


Ingredients: Sugar, food colorants

Guatemalans love sugar. And we have one of the biggest production of sugar. This is why most of our typical foods are made with sugar.

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