Cojolya Museum and Store, Santiago Atitlan

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The Cojolya Association is a Guatmemalan non-profit (NGO), Maya, Fair-Trade Women’s Weaving Association located in the highland Tz'utujil Maya town of Santiago Atitlan, on the shores of the world-famous Lake Atitlán.

For over a quarter of a century Cojolya has been providing sustainable, fair-trade work for some 80 women who weave on the backstrap loom. It was founded by American textile designer, Candis E. Krummel, and Tzutujil Mayan, Antonio Ramirez, who share a mission to preserve and encourage this ancient Mayan tradition.

Each product is meticulously designed by Candis, fusing the skills and techniques of the Mayan backstrap loom with color, form, texture, and movement. Combining the finest, eco-conscious materials and innovative textile designs inspired by nature and art, Cojolya creates woven designer accessories, showcasing the structure and diversity of the backstrap loom in a style not seen anywhere else in Guatemala.

The Cojolya Association also runs a social program aimed at improving the lives of its workers, their families, and the local community. An informative Weaving Museum is open to visitors to the Cojolya weaving center in Santiago Atitlán, along with its gallery shop. Tours offering demonstrations by weavers and jaspe makers in their homes are available, along with weaving classes for all levels. For further information please contact us:
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  • I have purchased many items over the last twenty years that are well designed by Maya women who create I buy I beautiful pieces, mostly purses and bags. My favorite are the large shopping bags. I...  more »
  • Here you can come to know and understand the art, heart, and sole of the Mayan weavers of Santiago. This was the original product of the region , before the beading came in the 1960's and it...  more »
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