CHINIMAYA WOMEN’S COOPERATIVE
lake atitlán, guatemala
In the highlands of Guatemala, 12 small towns surround Lake Atitlán. Bright green forests meet deep teal waters under the watchful eye of three volcanoes. Each lakeside town has a distinctive culture, style and pace. Chinimaya Women’s Cooperative is made up of 36 women from the lake area. Each woman contributes her families’ unique traditional designs to the group, creating a rich collaboration that is evident in their textiles. Each woman has learned backstrap loom weaving from her mother, a generational craft that has been passed down for as long as anyone can remember. They describe weaving as a therapeutic process, a way to intertwine their stories with those of their ancestors. Tied around their waists and anchored to a tree, each woven piece is only as wide as the back of the weaver. Throws are hand-stitched together to create pieces big enough to wrap around your shoulders.
We are proud to partner with the women of Chinimaya Cooperative who are providing for their families and building strong communities through their work. In addition to fair wages for their pieces, we invest 10% of our profits into academic scholarships for their children.