Association of Chajul Women Weavers
Handwoven cotton handbags, table linens and accessories in Central America
"We not only promote our weavings, but also work together toward education, women's development and community organization.""In 2006, our association was founded as the Asociación Chajulense de Mujeres in Guatemala as a way to create income opportunities and jobs for women. Around 300 women work picking coffee, but the increasing mechanization of the process led to a lot of layoffs and they were left without work.
"Finding ourselves in these conditions, 50 women looked for job alternatives. We decided to return to weaving to create unique crafts to help our families get ahead. With each woman developing her own designs, we create high-quality textiles.
"Our association is self-sustaining and not for profit. It is not political, but is inclusive. We not only promote our weavings, but also work together toward education, women's development and community organization. We also help provide access to credit and savings for the startup of small businesses. All our efforts take the environment into account.
"Our organization has been an adventure, but it has been difficult to reach more people. It's been challenging to find people who want to be part of the of an association and take advantage of it. As we've worked together, we've gotten to know and trust one another. People see that the entire group benefits and each sale positively impacts artisans' lives.
"For us, it was a challenge to reach the level of quality we've achieved in our work. This process has taken time, but shoppers have been very satisfied.
"We've become a source of jobs for women. Many members artisans have been able to sustain their families with the earnings from the association.
"Our work is beautiful. It is related to our culture and nature. It rescues our traditional weaving techniques and creates fair work for women. It has helped us send our children to school."
5 items by Association of Chajul Women Weavers
Mauve and Orange Striped Handwoven Cotton Leather Strap Tote
Beach Bright, Mauve and Orange Striped Handwoven Cotton Leather Strap Tote
Association of Chajul Women WeaversThis cotton tote bag's exterior is handwoven on a backstrap loom in cheery lilac mauve with orange and peach stripes of varying thickness. The roomy interior compartment is lined in solid cotton in...$59.99
Rainbow Color Cotton Pompom Ribbon and Bead Tassel Keychain
Rainbow Connection, Rainbow Color Cotton Pompom Ribbon and Bead Tassel Keychain
Association of Chajul Women WeaversThis colorful keychain will liven up your handbag with a kaleidoscope of color. Attached to the nickel plated brass lobster claw clasp and key ring is a multicolor pompom made from cotton thread....$19.99
Blue Cotton Pompom and Ribbon and Bead Tassel Keychain
Sky Streams, Blue Cotton Pompom and Ribbon and Bead Tassel Keychain
Association of Chajul Women WeaversThis colorful keychain will liven up your handbag in shades of blue paired with grey and black. Attached to the nickel plated brass lobster claw clasp and key ring is a color blocked pompom made from...$19.99
Handcrafted Blue and Green Cotton Pompom and Tassel Keychain
Forest Stream, Handcrafted Blue and Green Cotton Pompom and Tassel Keychain
Association of Chajul Women WeaversThis fun keychain made of colorful cotton thread will brighten up any handbag. The pompom is color blocked with azure blue, espresso brown, and kelly green, finished with a matching azure tassel, all...$17.99
Happy Days in Red
Striped Woven Multicolor Cotton Cosmetic Bag from Guatemala
Happy Days in Red, Striped Woven Multicolor Cotton Cosmetic Bag from Guatemala
Association of Chajul Women WeaversA group of fifty women known as the Association of Chajul Women Weavers comes together to weave beautiful handbags such as this colorful red cosmetic bag. Made from 100% cotton with a magenta cotton...$29.99
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Well made pompom & tassel and love the vibrant colors. I thought pompom is sphere but its more like a donut-shaped. Still very charming and Ill definitely come back for more!
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"Such bright and beautiful colors"
I purchased two sets of these and they are beautiful. They definitely add color to the table. Love them and the worry dolls!
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