lunes, 23 de mayo de 2016


Through the eyes of an artisan: Glass-beading - a success story

 

 
By establishing long-term relationships with artisans and connecting them to international markets we empower them to forge their paths to economic mobility and then guide others through the process, generating a real social impact.
  
In Emilia's beading group, which was formed with aid from AGEXPORT (Guatemala Exporters Association), artisans’ daily incomes have increased 2.25 times since they partnered with us in 2013; and for some of them who previously had little or no income opportunities, working with us is a way to overcome the poverty line.

Through better designs and improved product quality we were able to grow 4 times the size of the group, from 6 women artisans to 30. Most importantly, we were able to increase almost 18 times the average price of a product made by the artisans of the group.

 

Thanks for being part of the change!

 
See below a summary of our effective partnership with Emilia and her beading group!

  








miércoles, 15 de abril de 2015


Glass Beading

Beadwork is an ancient tradition most prevalent on the region of Sololá. Mayan women from the Guatemalan highlands use traditional weaving and beading techniques to create unique pieces. Drawing upon the master weaving techniques that have been a part of their culture for generations, these women skillfully create beautiful handmade pieces. 

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martes, 16 de diciembre de 2014


"Día de Los Muertos" in Sumpango

"Día de los Muertos" it's a unique event where you see very colorful, spherical kites. A special way of remembering loved ones who have gone and ancestors.

Months of work go into the creation of the kites, constructed from vibrantly-colored tissue paper and glued onto bamboo rods. Some of this kites are 3-4 meters in diameter.








Handmade Products 

of Momostenango


Our organization of weavers in Momostenango has assumed the responsability of preserving the tradition of wool weaving, an action that is not only important for artisans but for the cultural heritage of Guatemala.

Currently,we have more than forty active artisans working in this group, of wich twenty-five percent are women. The organization that had almost become a credit union, now partnered with The Mayan Store and returns to its artisanal roots to support weavers and promote contemporary designs. 

Products from this artisan community include rugs, throws and pillows. The production process is a labor-intense activity, that is entirely performed by hand, from the spinning of the wool, including carding, dyeing and weaving in pedal loom. The production of one rug may take up to 4 days of work of 1 artisan. 

We will introduce new rug designs at the NYNOW show next January 31st through February 4th at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.

For Wholesale inquiries about these products, please email us at: info@themayanstore.com














lunes, 17 de noviembre de 2014

NEW RUG DESIGNS

AVAILABLE!

Order rugs now for Winter 2015 (January & February) and get 15% off








Cultural Heritage

Rescuing an ancient tradition

Momostenango has a long standing tradition of Wool Weaving, being the main area in the country where the wool weaver artisans are located. This weaving technique has been passed on from generation to generation for hundred of years.

Since 2013, weavers have seen a major change in production of wool rugs, and thanks to new designs and partnerships in US retailers we are starting to see a new rise of wool weaving that results  in improved the quality of life and increased income for artisans and their families.



Destination Antigua

Antigua Guatamala is known as the best-preserved Spanish colonial city in Central America. Stroll the cobblestone streets, lounge with the locals in Central Park on sunny afternoons or hike up one of the volcanoes overlooking the city for amazing views.

Founded in the early 16th century, it was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1773 but its principal monuments are still preserved as ruins. A place of rare beauty, major historical significance and vibrant culture, Antigua remains Guatemala's must-visit destination.








For more information visit: http://www.visitguatemala.com/