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
Santiago Atitlán is a modern day Maya city full of color, indigenous resilience, and a dynamic contrast between lakeside solitude and the cacophony of the mercado. Our Pueblo collection draws from the surrounding tin roofs and bright walls, the calls of fruit vendors, and the sounds of women’s hands clapping as they make tortillas to echo our pueblo’s gritty spirit. Cojolya’s women weavers channel the strength of their foremothers and the intricate beauty of their sisters’ traditional garments to create a woven portrait of their home all in our embroidery and brocade. Pueblo is a testament to how Santiago Atitlán’s weavers only need to look outside their window to continue reimagining the rich cultural heritage of the Tz’utujil people through textile art.
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.