Cojolya Association of Maya Women Weavers was founded in 1983 in order to preserve the art of the back-strap loom and provide a sustainable, viable source of income to Maya Tz'utujil women of low resources. We're a registered non-profit and a member of the World Fair Trade Organization.
Each product is handwoven on the back-strap loom by a member artisan of the association. 50% of every purchase goes back directly to the artisans, and additional 25% is set aside for social programming including scholarships, environmental initiatives, and educational workshops
Before Santiago Atitlan, there was Tz’kin Jay, the House of the Birds. Named for the myriad number of birds who make their home alongside the Tz’utujil on the shores of Lake Atitlan, Tz’kin Jay developed their weavings to reflect the creativity of their world. This collection celebrates the intricacies and contradictions within weaving. It plays with twisted strings woven smoothly, thick brocades with a fine delicacy, light and dark, earth and sky. This collection marks the growth of Cojolya’s design and skill, an apogee of weaving.
Cojolya values transparency and honoring our artisans. That's why each product comes with a tag with the name of the weaver who wove your bag. We offer a (not so) revolutionary way to do trade: Fairly.
Cojolya promises to celebrate each member artisan of the association. With the individual tag, we hold ourselves accountable to the artisan and to our customer.
We're proud to our dedication to Fair Trade. Cojolya is one of three registered members of the WFTO in Guatemala.