We are Trama Textiles, a 100% worker-owned women’s weaving cooperative in Guatemala. We produce high-quality accessories, homewares and clothing that offer a fair wage to our weavers.
We work with over 400 women, in 17 weaving groups, across five regions in Guatemala’s Western highlands. We pay our artisans a fair wage, which they determine, meaning they can provide a sustainable income for themselves and their families.
Trama Textiles was formed in 1988, as a result of the Guatemalan civil war. The war had a devastating impact on many communities, and many men died or disappeared. Times were very hard, and we struggled to support ourselves and our families.
The women of our communities decided to use our skills as weavers to make a living. We formed the cooperative, and started to work together to create new designs, choose colors, and dye and weave our textiles. Little by little, we began to grow stronger and started to look towards a better future.
Today, our artisans proudly weave our products, providing themselves with a sustainable income, while carrying on the ancient textile art of Mayan weaving that has sustained our cultures and communities for over 1,500 years.