Karina Mercedes Canova says, 'I've always felt a passion for fashion and accessories. At college, I'd spend vacations creating clothing collections based on our beautiful handwoven 'jaspe' fabric. Today my leather handbags feature inserts of the beautiful brocades woven by Maya women on backstrap looms for 'huipil' blouses. Their weaving motifs date back more than 1,200 years. As a designer, my main work is to make the world aware of the richness of Maya culture'