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“One of the best ways to learn about Mayan culture in Xela”
Review of Trama Textiles

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 January 24, 2013

Trama Textiles is a women's weaving cooperative where they teach classes in Mayan backstrap loom weaving. The instruction is one-on-one and you can come in to work any time you want, M-F 9-5. The teachers have years of experience in explaining each of the steps clearly, and if you don't speak Spanish, there are always English-speaking volunteers who can help translate for you. If you have ten hours you can make a scarf, or they have more complicated projects with traditional designs. It was one of my favorite ways to spend time in Xela, learning about Mayan culture and practicing my Spanish.

The shop has products from all over the highlands of Guatemala, so if you have limited time to shop you can find a good variety of traditional items. You can feel the difference in quality between Trama products and products in the markets. The women take pride in the quality of their products and they're very concerned about their reputation. My friend had a problem with the zipper on her bag and she brought it back to them, and they replaced it for her. The prices at Trama are a little higher than in other places, but I feel good knowing that my money is going directly to help the weaver and maintain a non-profit organization.

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Reviewed January 19, 2013

We passed like a week in Trama, weaving our amazing textile projects! The atmosphere is so familiar that we wanted to stay there all day, talking with the kind women and volunteers. It's a very special place where to absorb the Guatemalan culture and also to do some high quality shopping. Moreover it's a very important place in Xela, because it gaves the chance to a large number of guatemalan women to work and live of their job with a fair wage.
So.. if you are also just a day in Xela we recommend you to take a look here, it's really worth, believe us!

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Reviewed January 15, 2013

Trama Textiles is a women's weaving association in Quetzaltenango and I highly recommend you visit. The products are beautifully made in wonderful colours and the women were so friendly and so grateful for our visit. It was definitely a very humbling experience. You can pick up similar products elsewhere at lower prices, but the great thing about buying here is that the quality is excellent and you're ensuring that the money goes directly to the women who make the products, thus ensuring fair wages for them. if you go to Xela, you should definitely visit!

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