We are a group of Maya Mam women from the town of Cajolá in the western highlands of Guatemala. Our group began when several of us came together to talk about common problems. We identified lack of income as our major need, and began to learn to weave on a foot loom – many of us are accustomed to weaving on the backstrap loom -- and to sew with the goal of creating products inspired by our own textiles but to sell in the United States. We also want to continue the ancient tradition of weaving the wisdom of our ancestors into our textiles, now to share with others. We Maya believe we are part of the living and sacred being which is the earth. We share, communicate, and commune with her as living beings, creators, and re-creators of life. The embroidered symbols on our work represent different elements of nature and remind all of us of our fundamental relationship with the universe.
And thus was born May…
- Joined October 14, 2009
- Morristown NJ & Cajolá, Guatemala