We work with a collective of over forty artisans in Guatemala predominantly around Lake Atitlan, Chichicastenango, and the surrounding highlands. We partner with cooperatives, single mothers, and independent artisans. Our artisan team is primarily woman based but also includes several talented men as well throughout our leather craftsmen line. We support non-factory working conditions, fair trade practices, and artisan led designs.
Meet Juana, our Woven partner of all home decor. Juana helped her mother create and grow a women’s collective of 23 weavers over the past ten years and has recently taken over for her mother now that she is older. The cooperative, Voces Maya, specializes in plant based dyes and back strap weaving techniques in communities around Lake Atitlan. The cooperative supports non-factory working conditions, where artisan work freely from home and spend time with their children and families. The women’s sole income is from their work at the cooperative. To support Juana and the women at Voces Maya, shop our eco-pillow lines or cosmetic bags.
Maria & Family, Jaibalito (Family of 9)
We met Maria and her family this past summer when we lived in Jaibalito, a small town only reachable by boat in Lake Atitlan. This town is untouched by tourism and also faces some of the most extreme poverty around the lake. After several months of friendship, the Tepez became the first members in our artisan development program (training & development program for rural artisans) and currently make all our tassels for pillows and key chains. Weaving is not as prominent in Jaibalito so we spent several months training Maria and her daughters on accessory creations. Throughout the artisan development program they will continue to learn more skills in order to market their talents and increase their income.
This cooperative of twelve women is based in San Pedro la Laguna, a vibrant town on the edge of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. They use back strap loom and plant based techniques to create beautiful yards of textiles for us that we craft into purses and cosmetic bags. We have been working with Teixchel for about a year now and personally visit them in their shop every time we are at the Lake. You can shop our textile tote collection coming in October to support the women of Teixchel.
Meet Gerardo, a sweet and talented tailor in Panajachel Guatemala. Gerardo currently assists in our pillow collections by sewing the finishing pieces and tassels onto each set. We met Gerardo this summer by stumbling into his shop during an afternoon exploring the town. We were so impressed by his talent and kindred spirit that we began collaborating on some Woven items. Eager and excited to have consistent work and help craft new items, Gerardo joined our team. Gerardo makes his income solely on his work as a tailor and can be found hemming local’s clothing, making clothing repairs, or creating new items with Woven. Gerardo was especially excited to be featured on our page and says his favorite part of his work is “ seeing our ideas come out to life so beautifully.”