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The Temazcal: Rebirth and New Beginnings
The Temazcal: Rebirth and New Beginnings

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Jan 08, 2019

As we step into a new year, we often reflect on the passing year, and look forward to the new year, a fresh start. Perhaps you made a New Year’s resolution, started that new project you had out on hold or ma...

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slow fashion weaving a scarf in Guatemala
Wisdom from a Backstrap Weaving Lesson

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Dec 07, 2018

Has this ever happened to you – in your process of growth, to stumble upon by-products of your efforts and actions that in your perception have no resemblance or connection to the final outcome? It has happened to me to dismiss some of them because I did not find them helpful or good enough for my growth. That day, during the weaving lesson, I reminded myself that small outcomes count, even when they don’t look like they do – they are stepping stones of progress.  

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Ancient tongues: The languages of our weavers
Ancient tongues: The languages of our weavers

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Oct 31, 2018

Although Spanish is Guatemala’s most widely-spoken language, it’s not the native tongue of every guatemalteco. Alongside Mexico, Peru and Bolivia, Guatemala has one of the highest Indigenous populations in Latin America. Nowadays, many of the country’s 24 indigenous (and official) languages are still widely spoken. 

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Guatemalan Independence Day!
Guatemalan Independence Day!

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Oct 04, 2018

Each year Guatemalans are very passionate about celebrating their freedom and events leading up to the anniversary are festive and feverishly proud. Festivities are held around the country showing the patriotism of the Guatemalan people, you will find blue and white all over the houses and buildings and flags too!

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Sustainable Solutions to Textile Sourcing
Sustainable Solutions to Textile Sourcing

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Aug 01, 2018

Guatemala is the birthplace of the Mayan civilisation, the presence of which is still made very visible today. Towns and cities all across the country are rich with the vibrant colours of Mayan clothing and...

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San Juan Cotzal – Weaving in the Wake of War
San Juan Cotzal – Weaving in the Wake of War

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Jul 01, 2018

For centuries, the Maya population in Guatemala has been subordinated by rulers and forced to adapt to extreme challenges. In recent years, damage to those of Maya descent has stemmed from the Guatemalan Ci...

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A look into the natural dyes of San Juan
A look into the natural dyes of San Juan

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Jun 02, 2018

San Juan is one of the few villages left around Guatemala that dyes its yarn naturally. The natural yarn process is fascinating. It is incredible that such vibrant colours can be achieved in a completely nat...

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In-depth look of San Juan La Laguna
In-depth look of San Juan La Laguna

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Jun 01, 2018

“So that the message continues So the promise and practices of a culture are remembered So the roots are not forgotten The word is made ideogram in the textiles” Humberto Ak’abal San Juan La Laguna is a sm...

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An introduction to the Mayan textiles
An introduction to the Mayan textiles

By Coordinator - Volunteers on May 01, 2018

The purpose of clothing, no matter where in the world, is to transform an organic, biological being into a social, cultural being. This social construction is the form in which each community socializes an ...

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Empowering Women Artisans with Fair Trade
Empowering Women Artisans with Fair Trade

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Apr 01, 2018

A lot of responsibilities lie on the shoulders of the women of the world and yet they are still victims of discrimination, violence, lower income and impoverishment compared to their male fellows in so many...

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The Mayan Textile Tradition : Towards a Sustainable Fashion
The Mayan Textile Tradition : Towards a Sustainable Fashion

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Mar 01, 2018

Centuries ago, Mayan people created the most magnificent culture mastering astronomy, architecture, writting systems and arts. The Mayan civilization collapsed mysteriously but survived in the weaving women...

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Share the daily life of our weavers in our ethical tour
Share the daily life of our weavers in our ethical tour

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Feb 06, 2018

Trama Textiles had been working for an entire month to develop an ecotourism tour for you! We are proud to give you the opportunity to live an authentic experience with our weaver’s families! Nowadays, a lot...

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