- 100% bamboo
- 64" circumference x 10" (162.6 x 25.4 cm)
- Handmade in and fairly traded from Guatemala
Made by: Asociacion Maya de Desarrollo
Asociacion Maya de Desarrollo is a worker cooperative of 180 women located in the highlands of Solola, Guatemala. All Asomadec’s members are weavers from around Pujujil and Los Encuentros in the Lake Atitlan area. Without formal training and only speaking their indigenous languages, kakchikel, these women have succeeded in the difficult task of controlling a growing, complex cooperative business. They have held training courses in tailoring, literacy and organization. The goal is to create work for Mayan women who weave with backstrap looms.
The women in the association play a pivotal role in preserving ancient Mayan traditions and culture through the use of the backstrap loom style of weaving, the oldest style of cloth-making in the world. They have been able to introduce new fibers and designs to their traditional techniques as well as a very unique dying process that can be admired in all of their scarves.
Artisans weave in their homes so they can still attend to their children and families. In addition, the women in the cooperative enjoy improved access to health care and a better diet, and their children are more likely to stay in school. The women also work along with the village government so together they can help improve the quality of life for all.