The Duchess of Cambridge carried Elvia Bo Xe’il Mayan Embroidery Clutch in March 2022 during a reception in Belize. The white clutch featured a black Mayan embroidery on it and contrast glittering detailing on the clasp. It was from Belize’s first Maya Fashion Collection. The Maya embroidery was sent to the UK where on behalf of the Duchess of Cambridge it was made into a bag so that Her Royal Highness could showcase the beautiful Maya artwork.
SATIIM, an organization in Belize, teaches Maya women sewing and embroidery skills to produce the stunning designs for Xe’il. The motif on the clutch bag is called “Le tutz’ etel top’ meaning the cohune leaf and flower. The cohune tree is a very important tree for humans and animals because its leaves are used for shelter; its palm heart is important to the Maya diet; animals eat the nuts; the cohune oil is a high-grade oil used in Belizean cooking and its bark is used for firewood. The motifs are enduring symbols of the Mopan connection with the past but also are living symbols of our relationship with the natural world.