San Juan Weavers' Group*
Twenty Tz'utujil mayan women weave backstrap using Ikat or
Jaspe, an ancient labor intensive technique of hand tying
and dying threads in elaborate patterns. This beautiful and
exquisite craft may been seen in products such as scarves,
bags, shawls, table runners and pillows.
*We identify our groups by region, not their
actual village for reasons of privacy and security.
Maya Expeditions supports the non-profit
Traditions. They have helped this group among other cooperatives
to form and to continue. When you purchase their handmade
Guatemalan products, you are helping the artisans in many
First, the women receive payment for their
work in accordance with the objectives of The Fair Trade Federation.
Secondly, Maya Traditions returns part of
the profits earned in selling their goods in the US to their
various funded projects.
The women assisted in the development of
the projects, based on improving the quality of their lives.
The projects include education and educating their children
and helping to secure better health care for themselves and