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Each product offered by TRAMA is painstakingly handmade with incredible attention to detail making for a flawless finish. The weaving process is a time consuming one, with the pattern design varying the degree of difficulty of the weave, and therefore the hours taken to complete each design. Before starting the textile production for any product, the cotton yarn must be thread and spun, to be fed onto the backstrap loom for the women to commence the weaving process. The women purchase the 100% cotton thread from our store here in Xela, and once the weave is finished, they bring the completed product back to Xela to receive fair payment for their work.


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The wonderfully patterned cushions available through our store in Xela and online through Etsy are primarily from the Quetzaltenango and Quiche regions in Guatemala. The weaving for each cushion takes roughly 25 hours to complete on the backstrap loom. The women focus on producing intricate designs which express traditional patterns unique to their regions. Once the weaving process has been completed, the sewing of each cushion takes one to two hours to complete.


The lightweight, elegant chalinas showcase the bright colors of Guatemala. These scarves are made by our weavers from the Solala district. Each of these versatile, colorful pieces takes 10 hours to weave and makes the perfect seasonal accessory. Up to 100 single scarves are created in 20 days for retail in Xela and online.



The stunning table runners which can serve as statement scarves or headdresses are woven by footloom in the Solala and Sacatepequez regions of the Guatemalan highlands. This fabric is slightly thicker that the pieces created on the backstrap loom, but when washed is wonderfully soft.  The footloom weave is faster than the traditional backstrap loom as it is mechanical aid.  12 hours is taken to weave just over 22 meters of the fabric which is then cut into 2 m long pieces to form the centros de mesas.


The dazzling centre piece of the Mayan traditional dress is the detailed, intricate huipil. A huipil can take 2 to 3 months to weave, with the colors and patterns representing the area, family and heritage of the wearer. The huipil is worn on a daily basis. For special events, such as weddings and parties, women weave new huipils with bright, happy colors to celebrate taking part in these significant occasions. The huipil for funerals represents the sobriety of the event, typically designed in black or dark colors. The huipil contains references to ancient Mayan tradition and culture, and this identity is preserved through the garment. When huipils become worn from daily usage, we upcycle them into cosmetic purses and pouches to maximise the life of this gorgeous textile.

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