Peruvian Slow Fashion Brand
Iwork with master hatters and weavers in the Cusco Region to produce custom hats, and with a small factory in Lima to produce alpaca knits. I blend traditional artisanal techniques with contemporary design to create timeless pieces that pay tribute to Peruvian culture and Incan mythology.
- Justo Bejar, Founder and Designer of Apu Peru.
Carpenters Without borders
Guatemalan Furniture Maker
We are a furniture maker dedicated to providing education and employment to rural populations in Guatemala because we understand that job creation is the key to solving immigration issues throughout Latin America. Simultaneously, it is our policy to source wood solely from forests and plantations that are managed according to sustainable practices such as our partner, Izabal Agroforest. Using tropical hardwoods grown on sustainable tree farms, our cooperatives can support themselves by creating beautiful, extremely durable pieces of furniture. By creating localized cooperatives of woodworkers throughout the rural Guatemala, we are able to provide communities with stable income and a specialized woodworking skill set
Guatemalan Fair Trade Association
Cojolya is a registered non-profit working to improve the lives of Tz'utujil Maya artisans and their families. As a certified Fair Trade organization, Cojolya is dedicated to the conservation of traditional techniques, not as historical relics, but as economically viable sources of employment for our associated women weavers. The artisans who create our products are the heart of the Cojolya Association, and our distinctly local, multi-generational nature has built relationships rooted in trust. Each piece we sell comes tagged with the name of the artisan who created it, which we hope inspires a sense of togetherness in both our consumers and producers.
Guatemalan Social Initiative
Creamos creates opportunities for over 200 women living in the community surrounding the Guatemala City garbage dump through an inclusive approach to lifelong financial, emotional and physical stability. We began as a social entrepreneurship initiative aimed to offer safe and dignified income-generating opportunities for the mothers of the children within Safe Passage, Creamos’ parent NGO. Safe Passage was founded in 1999 with the aim of helping children break the cycle of poverty through education, life skills and perseverance in the community surrounding the Guatemala City garbage dump. Throughout the years, the need for safer and more sustainable employment for the parents of the Safe Passage children became apparent to disrupt the cycle of poverty within the community.
Guatejidos By Nayos
Guatemalan Family-Owned Design Studio
Guatejidos by Nayos is a 150-year-old family business. My great-great grandfather was a weaver in San Marcos, then my great-grandfather and grandfather were weavers in Xela (Quetzaltenango) and my dad was a weaver in Guatemala City. So I am a fifth generation weaver. Our name “Guatejidos by Nayos” comes from my father and grandfather’s nicknames. We are now a team of six people who weave and fabricate all of our products in Antigua, Guatemala.
Guatemalan Slow Fashion Brand
Ixil [ee-sheel] Collective is a collaboration between Maya Ixil weavers and an American designer. The Ixil region of Guatemala has extremely limited direct access to a market for artisans because of its location. Instead, artisans (primarily indigenous women) sell their wares for dismal prices to middlemen who then transport them to large markets in other parts of the country and turn a profit for themselves. Ixil Collective was created to help these remote artisans earn a more substantial market share by being able to directly access a market able to pay fair wages. All designs are based on traditional Ixil dress and motifs and are made by Ixil artisans living in the towns of Chajul, Cotzal and Nebaj in the Quiché region of Guatemala.
My name is Eulalia Chonay and I founded this project in 2018. Ever since I was a kid, I was lucky enough to grow up in San Juan Compala, in a family with a rich cultural tradition. I would see my family working and even producing textiles for foreigners. I realized they fell in love with the color, beauty and detail in each piece. Now, I have created a small, unified team of entrepreneurial women weavers from the beautiful town of Agua Caliente outside of the Guatemalan town of Comalapa. Our sewing team is located on the Pacific Coast in the state of Suchitepéquez. Each artisan brings their talent and enthusiasm to “Kemon Collection” where our goal is to promote the ancestral knowledge and techniques of our town to improve the quality of life of all the participants of our project.
Guatemalan Slow Fashion Brand
We’re a collective of artisans and entrepreneurs co-creating meaningful accessories and a new reality for women and children in rural Guatemala. We design to celebrate women, from the buyer to the maker, as they step into their power.
Peruvian Slow Fashion Brand
Aproject that shapes raw materials such as leather in its basic and pure form, resulting in a modern and contemporary design. Each item is handmade by Peruvian artisans and it is our intention that your use of our leather products, over time, will tell its own unique story. Leather ages with who wears it, and takes care of it; in its beauty, leather keeps all its secrets. Lima Sagrada began as a project in late 2014 in Lima, Peru, by Vanesa Vila.
Guatemalan Master Woodworker
My name is Max Galindo. My career in woodworking started with my first job varnishing coffins in the town I am from. I realized that if I wanted my work to be valued, I should start my own business. I worked long hours to learn more and start creating my own designs, starting with the root of the Cacao tree, eventually opening a room of my house that faced the main street as a showroom. Now, I’m the most well-known furniture and wood-worker in the town of Ciudad Vieja and am proud to have had my work travel to several foreign countries. God gave me skills and talents, and since I’ve been a good administrator, I’m proud to say my business is now 35 years old.
Maya Traditions foundation
Maya Traditions was founded in 1996 to help skilled indigenous female artisans improve their quality of life while preserving their culture through facilitating access to a Fair Trade global marketplace. Through the art of backstrap loom weaving, our artisan partners create hand-made, high-quality textiles and products for national and international brands and earn a dignified income. Over the years, we have grown to include programs in youth education, community health, artisan development, and ethical community travel to better support the women artisans and their families. In 2007, we became a registered Guatemalan non-governmental organization with the goal of increasing our social programs to further impact the communities we work with.
Guatemalan Fair Trade Organization
Mayamam Weavers began in 2008 as a cooperative of women in Cajolá, a Mayan town in the western highlands of Guatemala. To overcome poverty, the women came together to explore ways to provide jobs within their community, rather than migrate to the U.S. and separate their families. Since then, then cooperative has grown to 20 weavers and seamstresses, all earning fair trade wages while learning the skills to run a business.
It also provides on-site childcare and adult literacy classes for the community. Mayamam Weavers in the U.S. is based in Morristown, NJ. We are proud members of the Fair Trade Federation.
We are proud to offer products that make a difference in the lives of women and provide a better future for their children.
Mayan Hands is a fair trade nonprofit organization dedicated to providing economic and educational opportunities to Mayan women so that they can bring their families out of extreme poverty as they continue to live within the culture they cherish. We believe that when provided economic and educational opportunity, women can build sustainable futures for themselves, their families and communities. We partner with more than 200 women artisans in 15 communities in the Guatemalan Highlands. Working with fair trade for 30 years has brought a sea change in the lives of the women we work with: they speak out, resist domestic oppression, and, counting on a regular income, have more control over their lives. Their families eat better and all their children go to school, including the girls, some even to the university.
Peruvian Fair Trade Brand
We believe it’s possible to create fashion with love and respect for our planet. Mothers In Action, or Mia, started in 2007 with only 12 mothers. Today, we work with over 250 artisans throughout the Peruvian Andes. Through continuous education and training with our artisan partners, we have been able to achieve export-grade quality products, diverse in their designs and techniques. Better yet, we have helped our artisan partners to become autonomous entrepreneurs and leaders in their communities. In 2018, we were awarded with the Fair Trade certification by the Peru Export and Tourism Board, PROMPERÚ, after years of meticulous supervision of our entire production and work practices. We have since renewed our certification, and we are committed to upholding the 10 fair trade principles as we continue to grow.
Mosqoy is a non-profit organization that works towards global sustainability and resilience by empowering local Quechua culture through networking, storytelling, education and social enterprise. Among our programs, Mosqoy Peruvian Textiles partners with Quechua weavers to keep their art and culture alive through the revitalization of authentic hand-woven textiles that use natural fibres and dyes. We do this by helping weavers to commercialize their textiles for local and global fair-trade market outlets, facilitating capacity-building initiatives, and supporting community-led development projects in the communities we work with. We currently partner with 5 weaving associations across the Cusco region, in the communities of Amaru, Huaran, Cancha Cancha, Parobamba and Pitukiska. In total, we have supported over 200 weavers from 11 communities.
Peruvian Slow Fashion Brand
Ori Studio comes from the word, Oriris, which in Latin means Origin. My brand was inspired by the origin of things– of nature, the elements, raw materials and Peruvian culture. I personally handcraft all of the accessories myself, from start to finish here in Cusco. I strive to create minimal and artisanal designs that maintain and celebrate their handmade origin, using local materials such as llama leather and natural threads. As much as possible, I recycle and reuse the raw materials that I have on hand.
- Cleo Collantes, the Founder and Designer of Ori Studio.
Sanik is an artisan cooperative located in the small town of El Trinufo, in the state of Sololá in Guatemala. We have united, using the art of backstrap weaving to express our cultural identity and generate income for our families. Weaving is our life. It is what allows us, the women, to put bread on the table for our children. The name Sanik (saan-eek) comes from the Maya local Maya Kaqchikel word for worker ants. We chose the word Sanik because on their own, ants cannot accomplish much, but as a group they can accomplish great things.
Threads of Peru
Threads of Peru is a non-profit social enterprise that connects the world to handmade treasures of the Andes, helping to strengthen ancient craft techniques and empower artisans. Our products represent the work and heritage of 100 weavers, 95% of whom are women and 5% are men. We work with 7 associations across the Cusco Region, in the areas of Ocongate, Mapacho Valley, and the Sacred Valley, Peru. Our designs are always produced in collaboration and conversation with artisans to ensure that all designs and techniques belong to the region and community where they are being made. Our work provides an opportunity for artisans, particularly women, to earn supplemental income while continuing to live a traditional lifestyle and care for their families. Our dream is that this opportunity will inspire young people to take pride in their cultural heritage and pass it along for centuries to come.
My name is Amalia and I'm the coordinator of Tinte Maya, a cooperative of 25 women in San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala. Each woman in this cooperative has a goal: to be economically independent, take care of our families at home, and respect the natural environment. This is why we work with natural dyes; plants, flowers, leaves and seeds. These make up our raw material for our naturally dyed products. We also work with cotton in order to make products in the most natural way possible; all of our work really is done by hand.
Guatemalan Design Studio
Our team is family. We are designers, carvers, blacksmiths, sales personnel and each others’ moral support. Together, we have been creating jewelry for over 10 years, raising and establishing our unique voice and style. We are proud to spread our wings and be able to offer our designs worldwide. Our vision is to create wearable art that honors Guatemalan cultural heritage.
Guatemalan Fair Trade Project
Y'abal is a Fair Trade project in the highlands of Guatemala that promotes the centuries-old Mayan art of backstrap weaving. We support 60 indigenous women in three rural communities through the sale of their handwoven textiles. Y’abal, meaning “hope” in Maya K’iche’, seeks to empower these communities through fair business practices, workshops and trainings, microcredits, and other community programs.