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One of the reason for Joyful Finds is to try and discover items different from the typical tourist paraphernalia…really one can only buy so many beaded necklaces. While in San Marcos I noticed some scarves made by a company called Lento, I admired them but decided not to buy one. Then, in Antigua, I stumbled across the Lento store so we stopped in to check it out.

Created by a group of Italian women in collaboration with a group of Mayan women, the Lento products are coloured using Mayan dyeing techniques. The 100% natural dyes are sourced from plants found in the Lago Atitlan area.

I decided to make a purchase right around Christmas time and chose this lovely grey bag. It even fits my Digital SLR so I don’t have to carry around my geeky camera bag!