Thirteen Threads Fair Trade Store and Maya Women's Center

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Thirteen Threads Fair Trade Store and Maya Women's Center

Thirteen Threads Fair Trade Store and Maya Women's Center
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Thirteen Threads (Oxlajuj B'atz') is a non-profit organization that provides a market for local indigenous women to sell their handmade products for a fair wage at our Fair Trade Store. It is one of the only fair trade markets in Panajachel. All products are of top quality and unique designs, and provide a brief history of the producer's cooperative. Products include textiles, jewelry, coffee an chocolate. Our store hours are from 9am-6pm Monday-Sunday, and we are closed from 12-2pm daily. We also provide day tours to many nearby communities to meet with women's cooperatives, hear their stories, and explore their craft. Tours are available 7 days a week and require 24 hour notice to reserve. If you are in town, stop by for a visit!
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Helen711
Atlanta, GA1,191 contributions
Little shop in an alcove off the main street
Nov 2016 • Friends
Thirteen Threads sells goods made by local women. The prices are slightly higher because it's a fair trade store, but the quality of the handiwork is good. I can't vouch for the quality of the fabric. There is a wide variety of items for sale, from coffee and jewelry to coin purses and sweaters and scarves. The woman there was low key and low pressure to sell her items.
Written November 12, 2016
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Anna L
Bridgeport5 contributions
Process of making textile products, hand made and with love
May 2016 • Business
Delfina was our host teaching us the process. She speaks English, Spanish and her native language. She is highly knowledgeable, experienced, friendly, and accommodating to small and large groups. She is a beautiful woman like the rest of the women in the cooperative. Highly recommended!!!! This is my second time attending the process and buying buying their handmade purses, table runners, bedspreads, etc. etc. The Social Work students from Grand Valley State University were equally fascinated and bought numerous items.
Written May 21, 2016
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aprocuna
Mexico15 contributions
Adorable designs
May 2016
I loved the fact that this is a fair trade store. It has different things that what you find on the stores over Santander. More selected designs and color combinations. I'm not very knowledgeable but it looked like they use good materials.
Written May 17, 2016
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Stan W
Spokane Valley, WA13 contributions
Great staff, selection and prices
Oct 2015 • Couples
Not your typical hassle, just a low key, helpful store and staff with locally made goods. Very refreshing after being hassled by every vendor along the street.
Written October 31, 2015
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Susan G
California50 contributions
Smoke & Mirrors
Sep 2015 • Solo
WAY overpriced. NOT 100% cotton woven fabrics either. Mostly China imported polyester threads. Really annoying to THIS discerning traveller. MANY many fabrics they hawk are not cotton at all.
Written September 10, 2015
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chipfromct
ct5 contributions
Still waiting for Refund
Jul 2015 • Business
Ordered coin purses for girl's birthday party. Paid via Paypal. Vendor contacted me, said she didn't have the purses. I asked for a refund, still waiting over a month later. Recommend you do not buy from this vendor.
Written August 28, 2015
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jmc777
Memphis, TN229 contributions
If you want truly quality textile products with variety...go here!
Jul 2015 • Friends
I read about this vendor in a local magazine and decided to go due to its support of the local women's work. i was not disappointed. It has moved locations since the printing of the article that i read, so the internet might NOT have the right location yet. just ask around and the locals will direct you to where it is. The merchandise changes often, so if you do not see something you like, then return in about three days OR it you DO see something you like and want more, speak with the ladies there and maybe they will be able to get more! Since this is a unique set-up, the bargaining "game" is not really available. My favorite purse that I now use daily came from this vendor. Good quality work is offered there, so go visit if you can.
Written August 1, 2015
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Jeannine2708
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany535 contributions
Some of the most beautiful textiles in Pana
Nov 2014 • Solo
Buy your textiles here and not from the street vendors if you want quality and handmade goods… I love the street vendors too and I know they must sell in order to survive, but their stuff if almost never handmade, mostly not even produced in Guatemala. This store has THE most beautiful scarfs and textiles. Everything is of very high quality and of course more expensive than the tourist stuff, but it’s worth the extra money, because not only is the quality exceptional but you also know for sure everything is 100% handmade by local women and you know your money goes to the source directly and helps the women in the surrounding villages.
Written March 20, 2015
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PeterSilvainMooij
Alexandroupoli, Greece660 contributions
Great shop, great initiative.
Aug 2014 • Family
Very shop with textiles etc made by locals sold for the locals.
Non profit to help the locals, we found some lovely gifts here.
Written August 24, 2014
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GailBash
Cottonwood, AZ144 contributions
Women Helping Women
Jun 2014 • Friends
This is a great organization of women coming together to help each other build better lives for themselves and their families. It's a way for Mayan women to develop skills in business democracy and team building. The shop is well organized and has items that I could not find in any other shop. The volunteers are well versed in being able to answer all of your questions and love to have visitors.
Written June 24, 2014
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