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“Weaving courses and gifts from 100% worker-owned women's cooperative”
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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 August 17, 2014

Trama is a great place to stop by if you want to get off the tourist trail in Guatemala and really find out more about the culture. They run weaving courses, where you work with the women from the cooperative to make yourself a scarf, table runner or traditional huipil to take home. They also have a great shop which has the most incredible textiles I've seen during my travels - amazing scarves, homeware, bags and toys. They're a little more pricey than what you find at the market, but great quality and you know that your money goes directly to the women who make them which is definitely worth it. They can also show you a really interesting video if you ask about the history of the cooperative and how it works - very moving. Def worth checking out.

2  Thank Celia W
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Reviewed August 8, 2014

A true Mayan cultural experience. Work side by side with the women of Trama Textiles to make your own scarf, table runner or both! There was a group of 4 girls from the U.S. yesterday having the time of their life. Your fun supports their work with 400 Mayan women weavers in the western highlands of Guatemala. Ask to watch the 25 minute video about their association. If you don't have time to weave a scarf you can buy some of the best textiles in Xela right there in their store.

Thank Scott J
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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!

1  Thank Shmisa
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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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