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“Beautiful store, away from the fray”

Thirteen Threads Fair Trade Store and Maya Women's Center
Ranked #3 of 7 Shopping in Panajachel
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Owner description: 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!
Maiden Rock, Wisconsin, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Beautiful store, away from the fray”
Reviewed February 20, 2013

I loved everything about this store when I visited "OB" (Oxlajuj B'atz') to participate in a week-long Rug Hooking Tour in 2012:

- It was away from the crowded main street (but still close and easy to get to)
- The store is peaceful, allowing you to really look at the products being sold there without a clerk trying to sell you something
- Every piece of merchandise has gone through a quality inspection before it makes it to the sales floor
- Goods are beautifully displayed
- A good selection of a variety of products (except touristy junk, which you can find plenty of on the streets if that's what you're after)
- Fair trade means the artisans get paid what they feel their pieces are worth, allowing them to earn a living wage -- such an important, moral strategy
- Store clerks are courteous and friendly, and know English, so can explain anything you want to understand about a product
- Casa Kakchiquel in its entirety is a beautifully-renovated, historically-significant building, and the store space is clean, well-designed, and beautiful

Visited March 2012
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3 Thank Jan E
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RAnnGreen, Public Relations Manager at Thirteen Threads Fair Trade Store and Maya Women's Center, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Thank you Jan! We are so glad you were able to participate in the tour. I was not here when you visited, but have seen pictures and heard the stories :). So glad you enjoyed the store also. Take care and come back for a visit anytime!
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Paris, Texas
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“Welcome Relief From Street Vendors”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

I relaxed and smiled upon entering Thirteen Threads Fair Trade Store. It is slightly off the beaten path but has high quality goods at fair prices. No one badgers you and you can leisurely explore the beautiful weavings and other artistic products. I loved learning the names of the women who created each piece. This is a very satisfying place to shop.

Visited November 2012
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RAnnGreen, Public Relations Manager at Thirteen Threads Fair Trade Store and Maya Women's Center, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
Thank you so much for your positive review, we are glad you enjoyed our fair trade shop and appreciate your business!
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Victoria, BC Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Great store and quality goods”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

We visited this store after picking up a pamphlet describing this fair trade / woman's cooperative business.It is a non-profit indigenous organization. The products range from weaving, wood work, chocolate to coffee. The local name is Oxlajuj B'atz, which means Thirteen Threads. Our only regret is that we left our visit until our last day in Panajachel. We should have visited on our first day and bought all of our things there rather than from street vendors. The quality is much better and the prices are competitive. Don't miss this store which is just a 1/2 block down a side street from the main shopping street. It is housed in the Casa Cakchique which is also worth a visit.

Visited February 2013
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“Fair Prices...Fair Trade...Awesome Crafts, and Absolutely Outstanding Place to Shop and Learn”
Reviewed February 13, 2013

Recently we attended a friends wedding in Panajachel and discovered this outstanding fair trade center. Besides a cooperative Fair Trade Store, the non-profit Center also houses a resource library, community space for workshops and special events, and provides a departure point for tours to the women’s communities. It features the products of a number of the indigenous women’s coops in the area We had been looking for unique Guatemalan gifts and were so pleased when we discovered Thirteen Threads. It has numerous types of goods, from fine textiles, to organic chocolate and coffee. You can do ALL your shopping right here and feel good about how you are helping the local women of the area. And a not to be understated bonus is the friendliness and knowledge of the various staff of which we had the honor to meet several. The store is attached to the Casa Cakchiquel, which I've reviewed previously and ended up being our favorite place to tour in Pana. These two stops on your visit to Pana will give you an excellent orientation to Pana, its history, its art and culture and the modern day efforts of the local women to be productive and involved. We cannot recommend them enough.
Oh, and by the way, the Mayan name for the center is Oxlajuj B’atz’ (Thirteen Threads). My goal for my next trip there is to learn to pronounce that beautiful name!!!

Visited November 2012
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