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Trama Textiles

Calle 10-56 3a | Zona 1, Quetzaltenango 09001, Guatemala
+502 7765 8564
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Don't Miss this Beautiful Shop

Stopped in one evening for a quick shopping trip. Items are beautiful and very well-made. Knowing... read more

Reviewed March 21, 2018
Jo T
Learned to weave on my own time!

I just walked in one day because I was curious and the daughter of the woman living there told me I... read more

Reviewed January 6, 2018
Junia K
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We are Trama Textiles, a 100% worker-owned women's weaving cooperative in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. We have a local shop in Xela, where we sell our handwoven accessories, homewares and clothing, and offer weaving classes to teach people the ancient art of Mayan weaving. We work with over 400 women, in 17 weaving groups, across five regions in Guatemala's Western highlands. We pay our artisans a fair wage, which they determine, meaning they can provide a sustainable income for themselves and their families. VISIT OUR STORE: Our products are all handwoven by our women artisans, using traditional Mayan weaving techniques. All our products are made with 100% cotton, pre-washed, and double woven with premier grade thread, to make sure they are the highest quality and won't shrink or fade. By buying our products, you help women in our region earn a sustainable income, while maintaining their beautiful Mayan weaving traditions. LEARN TO WEAVE: We offer weaving classes, so you can learn how to weave directly from our artisans. Our classes vary in price and time, depending on what you want to make, from a 1 hour demonstration from $5 USD to making your own scarf or table runner from between $23 USD and $79 USD. FREE TOUR AND VIDEO: WE offer a free tour and video, including a chat with our artisans, and a 25 minute documentary about the history and inspirational stories of our weavers. VOLUNTEER WITH US: We offer free-free long and short term volunteer positions, allowing you to experience Guatemalan culture, gain new skills and practise your Spanish.
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Calle 10-56 3a | Zona 1, Quetzaltenango 09001, Guatemala
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Reviewed March 21, 2018

Stopped in one evening for a quick shopping trip. Items are beautiful and very well-made. Knowing the history behind the women who make the products and the respect that is shown to them by the cooperative makes every purchase special.

Thank Jo T
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Reviewed January 6, 2018

I just walked in one day because I was curious and the daughter of the woman living there told me I could start! I only had 2 days left in Xela so I started right away. The first few hours was picking the threads and...More

Thank Junia K
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Reviewed November 21, 2017

I booked this "Tour" as a demonstration for weaving. But we actually got a tryout on weaving. This was a great surprise because from the description I thought we would only watch the ladies do it. We first needed to roll up yarn, then we...More

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Reviewed June 17, 2017 via mobile

The video was very informative and the women make beautifully woven textiles. Definitely worth the trip.

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Reviewed May 4, 2016

Come to TRAMA to volunteer, tour, shop, or weave! TRAMA is a beautiful woman's co-operative that supports local artisans by providing fair wages and educating travelers about Guatemalan culture.

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Reviewed April 5, 2016

I spent 5 days with TRAMA Textiles learning to weave and finding out more about their organisation. It was a wonderful experience I will always remember. I have two beautiful weavings as souvenirs! You do not need any previous experience in weaving to take a...More

Thank Sarah H
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Reviewed March 9, 2016

I love supporting Trama when I was in Xela because I know that the money from the products I bought there provided a good income for the women who made them. Not only that, but they are strong products that will last a lifetime. I...More

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Reviewed December 15, 2015

Realise it's a year since I visited Trama with my great teacher Saúl from Proyecto Lingüístico (Dec. 17 2014 - pace tripadvisor's compulsory mis-dating). As you will find out if you watch the video here, there are some ways of weaving traditional textiles which are...More

Thank SeniorMomentum
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Reviewed September 1, 2015

Stopped off here whilst staying in Xela. Great little charity that works with cooperatives of women across Guatemala and supports them with the sale of their woven goods. We watched a 20 min video all about the charity and its history, very interesting. There are...More

1  Thank RichardEllis70
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Reviewed August 24, 2014

Great designs of tables cloths dresses and belts in this wombs cooperative. Local stuff to help the locals, we found some nice designs here.

Thank PeterSilvainMooij
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Christeena B
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Response from Trama T | Property representative |
Hi, thanks for your interest in Trama! With one or two days you can either watch a weaving demonstration, make a sample cloth (5h) or a full scarf which takes 10 h but can be split over the two days. Hope this helps and we... More
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