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Maya Traditions

For over 10 years Maya Traditions has worked with Maya indigenous weavers in the highlands of Guatemala. Working with more than 100 Maya women in five established groups in rural villages, Maya Traditions promotes women who do backstrap weaving—an ancient traditional art that women can do from their homes while caring for their families— as well as crochet artisans, footloom weavers and other small family artisan businesses.

For a typical Maya woman, weaving is a ritual part of her daily life. After doing family chores before dawn, she unrolls and connects her loom. She sits, strapping the loom around her waist, and weaves 3 or 4 hours until she prepares lunch for her family, then weaves another 3 or more hours until sunset. To weave a traditional huipil blouse may involve two or three months of this daily ritual.

Linguistically differentiated by as many as twenty languages, the Mayans share a common bond through their weaving heritage. Many aspects of Maya Culture are communicated by costume or “traje.” It is a true art form where a woman shows her artistry and level of commitment to cultural identity. At the heart of Maya Traditions’ efforts is the improvement of the quality of life. Many people in the area are faced with poverty and lack basic services. As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, Maya Traditions ensures the artisans are paid a fair price for their products, and has established programs to help artisans with health care and education for their children.


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  1. Solola Yoga Mat Sling

    •  Dusty Rose
    This yoga mat sling is made from fabric woven on the backstrap loom by the indigenous Maya women of the Sololá Weaver’s Group. The sling fits any size Yoga Mat. Shown with a 1/4 inch thick mat, the sling easily adjusts to the thinner mats. It has a 28 inch shoulder strap.
  2. Solola Yoga Mat Sling-Dusty Rose

    This yoga mat sling is made from fabric woven on the backstrap loom by the indigenous Maya women of the Sololá Weaver’s Group. The sling fits any size Yoga Mat. Shown with a 1/4 inch thick mat, the sling easily adjusts to the thinner mats. It has a 28 inch shoulder strap.
    $41.40
  3. Worry Dolls 2 inch - Girls

    These Worry dolls, or trouble dolls as they are sometimes called, are two inch colorful figures traditionally hand made in Guatemala. Give your worries away by expressing them to a doll and place it under your pillow before going to sleep. It is said the little dolls will take away your troubles during the night and you will wake up worry free. Girl dolls have a band around their headscarves and wear skirts. Made from thread and cloth windings around wire. Sold in sets of 12. Average doll size is 2 inches high and 0.5 inches wide. Handmade in Guatemala.

    $12.95
  4. Worry Dolls 2 Inch w/Pouch

    This charming set of six two-inch tall girl worry dolls come in their own colorful cotton fabric pouch with ribbon drawstring. Individual dolls wear traditional colorful head scarves, blouse and skirts. Pouch measures 6 x 7 inches. Pouch colors vary. Average doll height is 2 inches although slight variation possible.  Made in Guatemala of 100% cotton. Your purchase supports a Guatemalan based foundation which provides women's weaving groups and small family businesses with regular income opportunities and social programs in health, education and artistry skill building.  

    $15.45
  5. Worry Dolls 3/4 Inch w/Box

    Six three-quarter inch tall boy and girl worry dolls come in their own paint decorated, delicate balsa wood box with lid. Individual dolls are made from thread and cloth windings around wire. Box measures 2 W x 1 H x 1 D inches.  Average doll height is 3/4 inch although slight variation possible.  Each box includes a small paper printed with the worry doll legend. Made in Guatemala. Your purchase supports a Guatemalan based foundation which provides women's weaving groups and small family businesses with regular income opportunities and social programs in health, education and artistry skill building.  

  6. Worry Dolls in Pouch

    These Worry Dolls, or Trouble Dolls, are very small and colorful. Before going to sleep, tell your worries to your dolls and then place them under your pillow. According to folklore, the dolls will worry in your place, thereby permitting you to sleep peacefully. You will awaken without worries, which the dolls have transformed during the night. Some parents remove the dolls during the night, reinforcing their child's belief that the worry is gone. Handmade in Guatemala.

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