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Trama Textiles
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed July 29, 2014

If you want to truly experience and see the Mayan culture and way of life in Xela then a visit to Trama Textiles has to be on the top of your list! Located within a couple of blocks of Parque Central, you can choose to weave something of your own, check out the local store which stocks an array of different products or you can just hang out and watch other people weave while you practice your Spanish chatting to the women who are part of this cooperative. Trama Textiles was formed after the devastating Guatemalan civil war and is made up of over 400 women across 17 different departments in the Guatemalan highlands so you can be sure any of your money spent here will directly make a difference to the lives of these amazing people!

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Reviewed June 30, 2014

A visit to Trama Textiles is a must-do if you're ever in Xela! The shop sells a huge range of beautiful handmade products - all made under fair wage working conditions, so you can treat yourself and pick up a few gifts, and do something good for local communities at the same time. The weaving school (within the same premises as the shop) is a fantastic way to spend a few days - seriously think about extending your stay in Xela so that you can take one of their 10 hour courses and weave your own scarf. The ladies that run the organisation are wonderful and welcoming. You will learn so much from them, and it's a great way to practice your Spanish too!

Thank Marisa P
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Reviewed June 23, 2014

If in Xela you must stop by TRAMA Textiles! Wether you want to bring back home a piece of mayan culture, learn the art of weaving or simply observe the process you will be welcomed in a friendly atmosphere. Learning about weaving is a great way to learn about the Guatemalan history as TRAMA was born of the consequences of the civil war. This organization empowers women by allowing them to earn a fair wage and support their families. It is a truly authentic experience!

Thank FrutopiaJugoXela
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Reviewed June 19, 2014

If you want to have a real experience in Guatemala and Xela you have to go to TRAMA Textiles! They are very frendly and welcome you in order to explain the real guatemalan weaving. Those women lived the sad past of Guatemala but today they are at the head of a huge cooperative who really help the Guatemalan women and want to promote the mayan art & heritage.
I really advice to stop by the cooperatuve they can show you and explain you this wonderful art of weaving and the real life of a Guatemalan woman,
Authentic and beautiful!

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Reviewed June 18, 2014

I was a volunteer at TRAMA in the summer of 2012, and loved it so much that I came back again in the summer of 2013! It's an incredibly authentic, meaningful experience. You can also just stop by the store they have and buy awesome products from the cooperative.

All the products are absolutely beautiful, well-made and are supporting such incredible women.

If you are in Guatemala, make the trip to Xela just to go here!

Thank Rebekah F
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