Incorporating Ancient Mayan Techniques In The Modern World
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala – Mayan women artisans are taking advantage of modern technology and sustainable design trends to bring their products directly to Western consumers
The women have organized themselves into two independent cooperatives who make decisions collectively and share profits to sustain their families and overcome poverty. Located in the Western Highlands of Guatemala in the regions of Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan and Solola, Y'abal meets twice monthly in their rural communities to place orders and collaborate on new designs. Allison Havens, Director of Y'abal, says
"Our passion at Y'abal is to use Fair Trade to benefit the most disadvantaged-
Because of our increasingly connected world and advances in technology, these cooperatives of indigenous women no longer need a middleman to connect directly to worldwide stores and individual consumers. Through their e-commerce site, direct US phone line, and new shipping options Y'abal helps the women artisans sell directly from Guatemala to the US and Europe.
Collaborating with local designers, the women use their centuries-old art to create modern textile masterpieces integrating ancient patterns into cutting edge sustainable fashion. By creating employment, leadership training, and educational grants, Y'abal is weaving a better future for women in Guatemala.
Yabal is a fair trade organization located in the heart of Quetzatenango, Guatemala. Combining ancient Mayan traditions with fresh modern designs, the sale of products directly benefit over 50 indigenous women weavers in the highlands of Guatemala. All proceeds are re-invested in social programs for women's empowerment. By preserving the art of back-strap loom weaving, Yabal is creating leadership, supporting families, and weaving a better future for the women of Guatemala. For more information, visit http://www.yabalhandicrafts.com/