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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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Coffee Farmers and Waterfalls
Coffee Farmers and Waterfalls

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Feb 01, 2018

About 2 hours of bus away from Xela is the coffee finca Santa Anita la unión. After a chicken bus ride to Colomba and a Pick Up to Santa Anita we arrived at the coffee finca Santa Anita. Even though we didn...

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Volunteering at TRAMA
Volunteering at TRAMA

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Jan 01, 2018

I have been volunteering at TRAMA for just over a month as the social media coordinator, and living in Xela for the last two months.I came to Xela primarily to improve my Spanish. I then came across TRAMA on...

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30 Seconds With a Weaver
30 Seconds With a Weaver

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Dec 01, 2017

Katie Mae has recently spent just over a week at Trama, learning how to backstrap loom with our weavers and we quickly caught up with her! So Katie Mae, where are you from?Sacranento, California And have yo...

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