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Address: Calle 10-56 3a | Zona 1, Quetzaltenango 09001, Guatemala
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We are Trama Textiles, a 100% worker-owned women's weaving cooperative in...

We are Trama Textiles, a 100% worker-owned women's weaving cooperative in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. We have a local shop in Xela, where we sell our handwoven accessories, homewares and clothing, and offer weaving classes to teach people the ancient art of Mayan weaving.

We work with over 400 women, in 17 weaving groups, across five regions in Guatemala's Western highlands. We pay our artisans a fair wage, which they determine, meaning they can provide a sustainable income for themselves and their families.

VISIT OUR STORE: Our products are all handwoven by our women artisans, using traditional Mayan weaving techniques. All our products are made with 100% cotton, pre-washed, and double woven with premier grade thread, to make sure they are the highest quality and won't shrink or fade. By buying our products, you help women in our region earn a sustainable income, while maintaining their beautiful Mayan weaving traditions.

LEARN TO WEAVE: We offer weaving classes, so you can learn how to weave directly from our artisans. Our classes vary in price and time, depending on what you want to make, from a 1 hour demonstration from $5 USD to making your own scarf or table runner from between $23 USD and $79 USD.

FREE TOUR AND VIDEO: WE offer a free tour and video, including a chat with our artisans, and a 25 minute documentary about the history and inspirational stories of our weavers.

VOLUNTEER WITH US: We offer free-free long and short term volunteer positions, allowing you to experience Guatemalan culture, gain new skills and practise your Spanish.

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Come to TRAMA to volunteer, tour, shop, or weave! TRAMA is a beautiful woman's co-operative that supports local artisans by providing fair wages and educating travelers about... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 May 2016
Maleny C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016

Come to TRAMA to volunteer, tour, shop, or weave! TRAMA is a beautiful woman's co-operative that supports local artisans by providing fair wages and educating travelers about Guatemalan culture.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016

I spent 5 days with TRAMA Textiles learning to weave and finding out more about their organisation. It was a wonderful experience I will always remember. I have two beautiful weavings as souvenirs! You do not need any previous experience in weaving to take a class. I thought the classes were very good value for money, the proceeds go towards... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2016

I love supporting Trama when I was in Xela because I know that the money from the products I bought there provided a good income for the women who made them. Not only that, but they are strong products that will last a lifetime. I also took at weaving class at Trama. I learned the traditional backstrap weaving from the... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

Realise it's a year since I visited Trama with my great teacher Saúl from Proyecto Lingüístico (Dec. 17 2014 - pace tripadvisor's compulsory mis-dating). As you will find out if you watch the video here, there are some ways of weaving traditional textiles which are better than others, e.g. in the dyes they use, and how they make things colour-fast... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

Stopped off here whilst staying in Xela. Great little charity that works with cooperatives of women across Guatemala and supports them with the sale of their woven goods. We watched a 20 min video all about the charity and its history, very interesting. There are classes available too, but we didn't have time to do any. The small shop has... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2014

Great designs of tables cloths dresses and belts in this wombs cooperative. Local stuff to help the locals, we found some nice designs here.

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Thank PeterSilvainMooij
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2014

Trama is a great place to stop by if you want to get off the tourist trail in Guatemala and really find out more about the culture. They run weaving courses, where you work with the women from the cooperative to make yourself a scarf, table runner or traditional huipil to take home. They also have a great shop which... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2014

A true Mayan cultural experience. Work side by side with the women of Trama Textiles to make your own scarf, table runner or both! There was a group of 4 girls from the U.S. yesterday having the time of their life. Your fun supports their work with 400 Mayan women weavers in the western highlands of Guatemala. Ask to watch... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

If you want to truly experience and see the Mayan culture and way of life in Xela then a visit to Trama Textiles has to be on the top of your list! Located within a couple of blocks of Parque Central, you can choose to weave something of your own, check out the local store which stocks an array of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

A visit to Trama Textiles is a must-do if you're ever in Xela! The shop sells a huge range of beautiful handmade products - all made under fair wage working conditions, so you can treat yourself and pick up a few gifts, and do something good for local communities at the same time. The weaving school (within the same premises... More 

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