AMPARO DE LEÓN DE RUBIO
Amparo is the current president of Trama Textiles, and is passionate about improving opportunity and livelihood for women.
Amparo has worked with Trama Textiles for over 23 years and is based at the Trama office in Xela, coordinating the work of the 400 weavers across the highlands of Guatemala.
Oralia’s dream is to fully employ the 400 women who work with Trama. For Oralia, paying women a fair wage for their products is incredibly rewarding as it has a direct impact on empowering women within the community.
Oralia joined Trama as a teenager and lives in Xela with her family. In addition to managing the cooperative, she teaches weaving at the Trama office.
Cross-cultural conceptions of beauty, specifically feminine beauty, are fascinating and telling. For many women, like one Trama Textiles volunteer, visiting another culture always involves some amount (usually quite a bit!) on unique beautification rituals and practices of another country or culture. A volunteer reflects on her observations and learnings about the striking ways in which Guatemalan women adorn and wear their hair; how their hair-pieces and hairstyles are both an extension of their cultural heritage as well as a reflection of their female beauty.Read more
Mindfulness, emotional wellness, and meditation--the past few years have witnessed an explosive interest in improving our emotional and spiritual well-being. But did you know that weaving is scientifically proven to boost our happiness levels and allow us to access a meditative state? Read on to find out exactly how weaving can bring bliss into your life.Read more
The ancient Mayan pantheon is expansive. I say 'is', rather than 'was', because for many communities in Guatemala, Mayan beliefs and ceremonial practices are still part of daily life, co-existing alongside the Catholicism that's now the state's primary religion. Active Mayan altars can be found all over the country, including at a number of ruin sites of ancient Mayan towns, like Iximche, near Tecpan.Read more