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- Store Phone Number: (+502) 7761 3914
Our local store in Quetzaltenango (Xela) stocks all of our products, including some unique designs that are not available online. Drop by anytime to check out our textiles and say hello to the women who make them!
We are open Monday to Friday, from 9am–6pm.
You can find us at 10-56, 3a Calle, Zona 1, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What does it mean to say that Trama's products are fair trade?
This means that we sell our products at prices that cover the members’ costs and ensure that they are properly compensated for their labour. Each cooperative decides their own wage for their products, and the association pays them that price. The product is marked up by a small percentage (usually 5%-20%), all of which is reinvested into the organisation to help pay the overhead of operating the association and the store. By purchasing our products you are supporting sustainable work practices while at the same time investing in Guatemala’s economic development.
I will only have a few days in Quetzaltenango. Do I have enough time to take a class?
We offer classes as short as 1 hour, during which time students can learn a good deal about the history of weaving and weaving processes. In as little as 10 hours you can make your own scarf. You will need approximately 20 hours, however, in order to complete a fabric with embroidery.
The school is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and students are free to develop their own class schedules during these hours. You can spread your lessons out over the course of a few weeks if you like.
Do I need to speak Spanish to take a class?
No. Many of our students do not speak Spanish. English speaking volunteers are available to assist students, however, weaving classes can also be a great a opportunity to practice your Spanish.
Who teaches the weaving classes?
Members of the cooperative teach classes. These Mayan women are experts in the art of backstrap loom weaving.
Can I select the colours for the weaving I will make in class?
Absolutely! We have a wide selection of thread and you are free to choose your own colours.
Will I be able to volunteer with the different groups within the cooperative or visit the various locations of the groups?
Trama Textiles is made up of 17 different groups of weavers located in 6 districts in the highlands of Guatemala. Many of these groups have an indigenous language that is spoken such as K’iche’, Mam, Kakchiquel, Ixil and Tz’utujil and Spanish is their second language. Because of the logistical complications of distance and language barriers it is not possible to arrange for volunteers to live or work with the women in the cooperative groups. There are, however, a few women who work at the Trama office who will be happy to speak with you in Spanish.
I want to volunteer, can Trama help arrange for me to stay with a family?
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide a homestay for volunteers. Volunteers at TRAMA Textiles are responsible for arranging their traveling, meals and living arrangements. Our partner Xelapages (www.xelapages.com) has an online classifieds page that often contains housing for rent.
Also contact your Spanish school, if you are taking Spanish classes, as many schools offer homestays with families.