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Address: Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala
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Mon - Fri 09:30 - 05:30
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Participated in a back strap weaving class with a master weaver in Santiago Aitilan, Guatemala

We (a friend and I) signed up to take a back strap weaving class at Cojolya. Everything about the experience was great. The people at Cojolya (a women's cooperative) were... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
cswoodworth
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We (a friend and I) signed up to take a back strap weaving class at Cojolya. Everything about the experience was great. The people at Cojolya (a women's cooperative) were wonderful, helpful and provided interpreting services when needed. The teacher, Maria, was terrific....extremely patient and totally knowledgeable about weaving. We had an opportunity to go to her house and see... More 

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Ilfracombe, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm on a three month trip in Central America and this was definitely one of the highlights for me. My teacher Maria was brilliant and friendly, and I really enjoyed learning from her...It was a great way to meet a local and I went to her house afterwards to see the beautiful items that she makes. It was easy to... More 

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canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

I am not a shopper and I have been to many textile centers on Lake Atitlan. This was irresistible. Exquisite quality, modern designs and such a lovely, helpful man behind the counter. No pressure to buy.

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Thank dmac08
Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

We had a chance to visit this store/museum/craft center. The project is a collective comprised by mostly women who weave traditional Mayan textiles. A "volunteer" from the States who is working there for a year gave us a tour and told us about the great work they are doing to empower these local weavers and bring their high quality products... More 

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Thank Noromebound
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

I highly recommend contacting the Cojolya Association in advance to book a two-hour tour. The tour offers a fantastic opportunity to learn about the Association, including its history, partner artisans, and the design process. During the tour, we met several of the artisans. They explained to us the process of dyeing, using the foot loom, doing backstrap weaving, and more.... More 

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Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016

The museum is near the market, a bit on the outskirts of town, but it is the perfect place to learn about Guatemala's greatest handicraft. The weavings are separated by village and region, so you can see what is done in each part of the country. Additionally, there are high quality items for sale from each region. The demonstrations were... More 

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Thank evlanton
Guatemala
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016

It is a small museum but with very good information about the history of the people,s weaving clothing. Seeing how the looms working and how the clothing is worn. The shops has some very nice items for sale. It is amazing to see in the village how the women are still working crafting the most beautiful clothing store and keep... More 

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Thank ClassicStrider
Brecon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

We did the tour to visit local artisans, was very enlightening to see weavers working in their home environment, and really makes you appreciate the work involved. Also did a weaving course, making a scarf on the backstrap loom - very worthwhile if you have the time and interest, for novices as well as experienced weavers who wish to learn... More 

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Thank Sue S
San Francisco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016

An interesting look at past and present textiles woven with the blackstrap loom. Many lovely items for sale in the shop. The woman behind the counter explained about what we were looking at and the history of weaving.

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Thank 660lancew
Panama City, Panama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016

Interesting museum, friendly staff, nice demonstration of back strap weaving.It is a co-op of abour 30 women who work and display the thing they made.

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