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SKILLED ARTISAN WORK

Since ancient times, weaving has held an integral position in Mayan society. To this day their handmade textiles play a profound role in their lives. All of our products are made by Mayan women aged 30 to 60. The women have their own businesses, and work out of their homes in western Guatemala as they have always done.

 

Handmade goods previously sold at a local, Mayan market are now being distributed through out the world. The products and the production techniques utilized in their manufacture are essentially the same as centuries before. Only the market has radically changed. We are proud to offer these carefully crafted items that bespeak a rich heritage and a great skill and dedication.

Women Hand Weaving

BACKGROUND

The Maya of Guatemala are one of the last native people on earth whose ancient culture has not yet been completely assimilated into the western world.   Over the last few decades the world has come to love Mayan crafts. While products and colors have been modified to meet the demands of the non-Mayan consumer, the Mayans still manufacture them as they have for centuries.

 

Our import business helps keep the Mayans gainfully employed doing what they have done for centuries, in their ancestral villages and in their native tongue, so they can go on being "Mayan" for centuries to come. We can help preserve their culture and traditions for future generations.

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Worry Dolls

All of the worry dolls in Guatemala come from 2 very remote villages high in the mountains. The villages are actually on the slopes of an extinct volcano. Hence worry dolls are stuffed with black volcanic sand – the only material available locally.

This area still has limited roads and infrastructure, and the Mayans’ traditional lifestyle is very much maintained. All of products are made by families in their homes; there are no factories anywhere in the area. The Mayans greatly appreciate the orders we place with them, and this is a very important source of income for them.

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