Trama Textiles, Quetzaltenango

4.8
#7 of 11 in Classes in Western Highlands
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We are Trama Textiles, a 100% worker-owned women’s weaving cooperative in Guatemala. We produce high-quality accessories, homewares and clothing that offer a fair wage to our weavers.

We work with over 400 women, in 17 weaving groups, across five regions in Guatemala’s Western highlands. We pay our artisans a fair wage, which they determine, meaning they can provide a sustainable income for themselves and their families.

Trama Textiles was formed in 1988, as a result of the Guatemalan civil war. The war had a devastating impact on many communities, and many men died or disappeared. Times were very hard, and we struggled to support ourselves and our families.

The women of our communities decided to use our skills as weavers to make a living. We formed the cooperative, and started to work together to create new designs, choose colors, and dye and weave our textiles. Little by little, we began to grow stronger and started to look towards a better future.

Today, our artisans proudly weave our products, providing themselves with a sustainable income, while carrying on the ancient textile art of Mayan weaving that has sustained our cultures and communities for over 1,500 years.
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  • Stopped in one evening for a quick shopping trip. Items are beautiful and very well-made. Knowing the history behind the women who make the products and the respect that is shown to them by the...  more »
  • I just walked in one day because I was curious and the daughter of the woman living there told me I could start! I only had 2 days left in Xela so I started right away. The first few hours was...  more »
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  • Awesome place! Fairtrade, worker-owned cooperative selling beautiful traditional Guatemalan textiles. Volunteers and the people working there are really nice :)
  • Great association emporing women weavers of Guatemala. They have a shop on site and online where they sell the weavers clothes and accessories. Everything is high quality cotton based artisal products. All profits serve the association purpose, which is ensuring women of 17 villages who were voctims of the 1988 civil war to get a fair price for what the make.
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