The foot loom has been one of the most important contributions of the first Spanish artisans who arrived in Guatemala after the conquest. César and Marta Julia inherited a weaving legacy from their families, and with much love and dedication they seek to preserve that tradition.
“Hello, my name is César Pichiyá and I present to you my beautiful wife Marta Julia. Together we form a wonderful team as artisans, a story that began many years ago. We are both from San Juan Comalapa, a municipality located in the department of Chimaltenango, Guatemala. It is a beautiful place full of culture, traditions and art, characterized by its talented painters and weavers.
“Both Marta Julia and I come from a family of artisans. From a very young age, with our parents and grandparents, we learned step by step the process of weaving on foot looms. This loom allows us to make an endless number of precious linens. We grew up surrounded by looms and threads, and we fell in love with it.
“We met because our families were friends, and we always attended the same gatherings. By a certain age we fell in love, and after a few years we decided to unite our lives. Together we formed a beautiful family, with 4 beautiful children who have filled our lives with much joy and pride. They are the driving force of every day, for whom we always work with a lot of love and dedication.
“Marta Julia lost her mother at a very young age, and that was when she began to work on her own. This forged in her a spirit of striving and perseverance. She is an exemplary woman who, little by little and with a lot of effort, managed to obtain many things.She taught me the true meaning of working for our dreams; and she has been a wonderful wife and a spectacular mother.
“Today we work together to provide our children with a better future. We have had many challenges and the road has not been easy, but love has been able to conquer everything. The problems are never lacking, but with our attitude we have come out ahead. We seek to preserve this art for the love that our ancestors had for it. This is a job that takes a lot of dedication; each step is extremely important, and that is why we put a lot of love into everything we do. We thank customers for trusting in our abilities; in their homes they will have beautiful products full of history and tradition.”