Cojolya Association of Maya Women Weavers
The Cojolya Association of Maya Women Weavers is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the ancient art of backstrap loom weaving and the traditions which surround it -- not just as a historic relic, but as a viable economic enterprise. The Cojolya Association offers a way for these skilled artisans to make a living wage with the production of their magnificent textiles. Cojolya Association is a certified member of the World Fair Trade Organization.
The Cojolya Association provides materials, infrastructure, design direction and market development to the women who weave. The women weave in their homes, including the weaving as a part of their daily routines, in the tradition of their grandmothers.
Cojolya Association also works to improve the health of its workers and the environment by distributing subsidized ONIL stoves to our weavers and the community of the entire Lake Atitlan Basin. This project is funded by a portion of the income earned from sales of Cojolya products, individual donations and continued financial support from the Heal the Rainbow Foundation (USA) and Beyond Carbon (UK).
Training activities for the weavers are offered to diversify their skills as well as raise their level of self esteem and cultural pride.
Cojolya's informative museum in the Weaving Center has received ciritcal acclaim in many international guide books. The Center also offers weaving tours and classes. The Gallery Shop offers the newest designs and the complete line of textile products. On-line shopping, Cojolya Market Place, is accessible through its website: www.cojolya.org.